The Los Angeles Angels have been nearly unbeatable at home over the last six weeks. The Seattle Mariners have known how difficult it is to win in Anaheim for the last couple of years.
The Angels will be looking for their 18th win in 20 home games against the Mariners on Saturday night.
Most offshore sports books monitored by the SportsOptions odds product have opened the Angels as $1.50 home favorites, with the total set at 7 1/2 ‘over’ (minus $1.20).
Los Angeles is coming off a 1-0 victory in 10 innings Friday. Jered Weaver struck out eight in nine innings in what’s expected to be his last start before serving a suspension, and Vernon Wells’ single off reliever Dan Cortes plated Torii Hunter for the lone run.
Mark Trumbo had three singles, and is 8 for 15 with three homers in his last four games versus Seattle. He leads all MLB rookies with 21 homers and 62 RBIs.
The Angels (62-51) have gone 16-4 in Anaheim following a 15-20 start there, helping them stay within one game of AL West-leading Texas.
Seattle (48-63) was blanked Friday for the 10th time this year and the third time during its 2-17 stretch in Anaheim. The Mariners, 1-14 away from home since July 6, are batting .201 with one home run and 68 strikeouts during an eight-game road losing streak to the Angels.
One bright spot Friday was the defensive play of Trayvon Robinson, who made his major league debut memorable by robbing Hunter of a two-run homer with a leaping grab in the left field corner to close the third inning.
“After I did it, I put my hand up to let everybody know I caught the ball. Then I immediately turned to Torii and I was like, `Oh, God, I’ve got to walk past him and he’s going to kill me.’ It was quite a sight,” said Robinson, a Los Angeles native.
A pair of rookies will square off Saturday when the Angels’ Tyler Chatwood is opposed by Seattle’s Blake Beavan.
Chatwood (6-7, 3.93 ERA) will be hoping for some run support as he goes for his first win in six home starts.
The right-hander has received no support in four of his last five games in Anaheim, going 0-4 with a 5.54 ERA in that stretch. Chatwood leads all rookies with 123 hits allowed and 58 walks.
He was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 12-2 loss at Detroit in his last start July 29. Chatwood had given up seven runs over 17 1-3 innings while going 1-1 in his previous three outings.
Chatwood has yet to face Seattle.
Beavan (2-2, 3.24) will make his second start against Los Angeles and sixth overall. The right-hander limited the Angels to two runs over 6 1-3 innings July 8, but didn’t get a decision as Seattle lost 4-3 in Anaheim.
Beavan surrendered three runs over 6 2-3 innings Monday in an 8-4 victory over Oakland – his first win since his major league debut July 3.