While not pleased to have split four games with the Dodgers, the Angels mental outlook has to be better then Seattle’s and those betting baseball have to wonder what that will mean in series opener.
The Mariners have lost four in a row, all at home, the last two falling to abysmal Philadelphia squad, who even with victories, still has the worst record in the majors at 26-51 (-17.8 units). How Seattle reacts to this Friday night and the rest of the series will impact their outcome.
I to have hit a bit of a speed bump the last few days for MLB picks and will try and do better than 22-15 record of late.
Seattle skipper Scott Servais decided to flip Ariel Miranda (6-4, 4.11 ERA) and Sam Gaviglio, making Miranda the starter tonight. The 28-year was ticketed for the bullpen, but with all the injuries to the Mariners rotation, Miranda stepped right in and leads the team in wins and quality starts. Though he’s been difficult to hit with only a .222 batting average allowed, what has hurt him is one walk in less than every three innings. Miranda is 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts against Orange County’s finest.
Parker Bridwell (2-0, 2.95) was drafted by Baltimore out of high school seven years ago and finally rose to Triple-A and the majors last year. The Orioles gave up on the righty and traded him to the Angels and like Miranda, he caught a break and is in the rotation. In truth, his pitches are nothing special (.282 averaged allowed) and he’s been tagged for five home runs in just 21 innings. Good news, the Halos are 3-0 in Bridwell’s starts.