MLB Baseball Picks: Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners: May 25th 2012
MLB Baseball Picks: May 25th 2012
Pick: Los Angeles Angels -122
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FREE PLAY from Doc’s Sports. Take #929 Los Angeles Angels over Seattle Mariners (10:10pm ET) The Los Angeles Angels look to take a second straight game in Seattle against the Mariners tonight. They won 3-0 last night behind an amazing performance by Dan Haren who went the distance striking out 14 batters with no walks. There’s no question that the Angels strength is their starting pitching. Their starters have the best ERA in the American League at 3.31, and today they throw another good starter out there in Ervin Santana. The 29-year old right-hander comes in at 2-6 with a 4.22 ERA but he has deserved much better. His run support has simply been awful and therein lays the problem with the Angels – their offense. The Angeles offense currently ranks 13th in the American League. The good news is that just about everyone in their lineup is performing below expectations and they can’t really sink any more than they have. Albert Pujols is batting .225 with only 5 HR’s, but he’s started to heat up with three of those home runs this week and he went 3-4 last night. If he can start catching fire the players around him automatically become more dangerous in that lineup.
Today the Angels will have a good chance to get some things going as they go up against the Mariners’ Blake Beavan. Beavan is 2-4 with a 4.46 ERA on the season, which isn’t terrible until you consider the fact that he pitches in the one of the best pitcher’s parks in all of baseball in Safeco. He probably needs some more work in the minor leagues, but the Mariners don’t have any better alternatives for their rotation right now. He’s not likely to get too much support tonight after last night’s weak showing by Seattle. In fact, the Mariners are 16-35 in their last 51 games after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game. The Angels have also completely dominated this series and are 37-16 in the last 53 meetings between these clubs. The Angels have a rested bullpen after last night’s game and send out another proven commodity on the mound. They’re the better team right now and the right side in this game.