The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Seattle Mariners play game 2 of their three-game MLB betting baseball set tonight. The Angels won the opener 6-4 on Tuesday.
Time: 10:10 PM
Venue: Safeco Field
Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on baseball:
Angels +1½ (-200) 8 (-120) +105
Mariners -1½ (+170) 8 (EV) -115
On the mound: Ricky Nolasco (RHP, 2-2, 4.13 ERA) surrendered two earned runs in six innings in the second game of the Angels’ first regular season series against Seattle in early April, and the win went to J. C. Ramírez. Nolasco allowed one earned run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings in a win against the A’s in his last start on April 27th. The right-hander is 1-4 with a 4.33 ERA in six career games against the Mariners. Nolasco has won each of his previous two starts.
At bat: Even the best Angels batters have struggled against Seattle’s starter. Mike Trout has hit .180 with one extra-base hit (a home run) in 58 plate appearances, while Albert Pujols has hit .140 with three doubles and two home runs in 57 at-bats.
Recent form: The Halos have won seven of their last eight games, including a 3-0 sweep of the Athletics. On the other hand, Anaheim has dropped eight of their last 11 road games.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The Angels have covered the spread in only one third of their last 15 games on the road, but have gone 4-2 ATs in the last six away games. The MLB betting total has gone under in five of Anaheim’s last seven contests and in 11 of the Halos’ last 12 on the road, and over in four of the Angels’ last six times hosting the Mariners.
On the mound: Hisashi Iwakuma (RHP, 0-2, 4.15 ERA) has yet to pick up his first win on the season but had had a strong no-decision against the Tigers last week, giving up one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings, and posting a season-best 10 swinging strikes – eight of which caused by his splitter and cutter. Speaking of which, the righty has kept batters to 3-for-42 in at-bats that end on his splitter or cutter this season. Iwakuma is 9-5 with a 2.76 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 127 innings versus the Halos.
At bat: Robinson Cano seems to have Nolasco’s number, going 400 (6-for-15) with two homers and three RBIs. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz is 222 (4-for-18) against the Angels’ starter, but three of those four hits have been homers. Recent form: The Mariners have lost three games in a row but have won five of their last six at Safeco Field.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: Seattle has also been proficient at covering, going 4-1 against the spread in the last five overall games and 4-1 ATS in the last five home games. The MLB betting total has gone under in four of the Mariners’ last five contests and four of Seattle’s last six at home.