Major League Baseball
Preview
Seattle at LA Angels
When: 9:07 PM ET, Saturday, September 15, 2018
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California

The Seattle Mariners have won the first two contests of their 10-game road trip and look to record another triumph when they continue their four-game series against the host Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. Seattle posted a 5-0 victory on Friday but remains a distant 8 1/2 games behind Oakland for the American League's second wild-card berth.

Ryon Healy and Dee Gordon each contributed a two-run single on Friday as the Mariners clinched the season series (10-7) with two games remaining. Mitch Haniger registered his third consecutive two-hit performance and Mike Zunino recorded just his second multi-hit effort since Aug. 8 with a single and a double. Mike Trout struck out twice in three at-bats and was robbed of a homer by Gordon as Los Angeles collected just six hits and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. It was a rare hitless game against Seattle for Trout, who is 27-for-62 with six homers, eight doubles, one triple, 10 RBIs and 15 runs scored versus the Mariners this season.

TV: 9:07 p.m. ET, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), FS West (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RHP Erasmo Ramirez (2-3, 5.31 ERA) vs. Angels LH Andrew Heaney (9-9, 3.98)

Ramirez settled for a no-decision against the New York Yankees in his last turn after allowing two runs and six hits over five innings. The 28-year-old has served up 10 homers in just 39 frames, including five to Cleveland on April 27. Ramirez is 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 career appearances (eight starts) versus the Angels and has struggled with Trout (10-for-26, two homers).

Heaney was superb in his last outing as he scattered three hits and registered a career-high 12 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings of a win over the White Sox in Chicago. The 27-year-old has won two of his last three turns while striking out 23 against two walks in 19 frames. Heaney is 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA in three starts against Seattle this season and 1-3 with a 3.78 mark in six career outings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Mariners LHP James Paxton (pneumonia) and RHP Felix Hernandez (ankle) both are expected to return at some point during the team's 10-game road trip.

2. Los Angeles SS Andrelton Simmons recorded two hits in the series opener and is 6-for-11 over his last three contests.

3. Seattle SS Jean Segura (illness) returned from a three-game absence and went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

PREDICTION: Mariners 4, Angels 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Seattle 81-66 W2 41-33 40-33 19-15 23-9 33-28 6-14
LA Angels 73-75 L2 36-37 37-38 11-21 22-12 30-32 10-10
Last Meeting
Seattle LA Angels
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/14/18 SEA 5 LAA 0 .250 0 .595 .182 0 .462
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Seattle D. Gordon .324 23 .676
LA Angels M. Trout .435 27 1.438
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Seattle N. Cruz 8 12 16
LA Angels M. Trout 6 15 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
Seattle 4.74 .279 133
LA Angels 4.42 .272 142
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Seattle J. Segura .309 166 .762
LA Angels M. Trout .316 137 1.080
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Seattle N. Cruz 36 67 89
LA Angels M. Trout 33 93 68
Pitching ERA Avg K
Seattle 4.11 .254 1208
LA Angels 3.96 .246 1258