Game Time: 4:07 pm ET, Sunday September 26, 2021
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
Where to Watch: BSW
Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline odds: Mariners +125, Angels -145; Over/Under: 8.5 runs
Bet365: Moneyline odds: Mariners +125, Angels -145; Over/Under: 8.5 runs
BetMGM: Moneyline odds: Mariners +120, Angels -145; Over/Under: 8.5 runs
Seattle Mariners: 85-69 (2nd place, AL West)
Los Angeles Angels: 73-81 (4th place, AL West)
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Seattle Mariners vs Los Angeles Angels Preview and Analysis
Seattle Mariners: 7-3 last 10
Los Angeles Angels: 3-7 last 10
Seattle Mariners Analysis
The Mariners are coming into this game after winning the first game of this series on Friday 6-5. This will be the 3rd game of the three-game series on Sunday with the result of Saturday's game still pending as it has not been played yet. That win on Friday has put them on a 6 game winning streak now after sweeping the A's in a four-game series in their last and taking 2 of the 3 games they played against the Kansas City Royals prior to that. Tyler Anderson will be the starter for Saturday's game while Marco Gonzales will be throwing the first pitch for them in this game on Sunday. He is 9-5 with a 4.14 ERA this season. He has been credited with 8 straight wins and his team has won 7 of their last 8 games when he has started. In his last start, he allowed 2 ER, both of them being homers, and 1 BB with 3 strikeouts through 6 innings of work against the A's last Tuesday. He has faced the Angels once this season, it was a no-decision as he allowed 3 runs in it but his team went on to win the game. Their offense has scored 25 runs in their last 5 games averaging 5 runs scored per game in that span and they have allowed their opponents to score 15 runs against them in that same span allowing 3 runs per game.
Los Angeles Angels Analysis
The Angels are coming into this game after losing the series opener between these two on Friday night. This will be the series finale on Sunday with game 2 still to be played on Saturday, that result is still pending. They have now lost 7 of their last 8 games after losing their series against the Houston Astros and against the Oakland Athletics prior to that one. Jaime Barria will be getting the nod for Saturday's game while Shohei Ohtani will be the starting pitcher on the mound in this game on Sunday. He is 9-2 with a 3.28 ERA this season and he also has the most wins for any pitcher on the starting rotation on his team. He was credited with a loss in the last start he had where there was a decision and his team has lost 3 of their last 4 games with him starting. In his last start, he allowed 2 ER, both of them being homers, and 3 BB with 10 Ks on 5 hits through 8 IP against the A's last Sunday. He also hit a batter with a pitch in that game. He has faced the Mariners once this season and he is 1-0 as his team won that game and he allowed 2 runs in it. Their offense has scored 18 runs in their last 5 games averaging almost 4 runs scored per game in that span and they have allowed their opponents to score 37 runs against them in that same span allowing over 9 runs per game.
Mariners vs Angels Prediction
The Mariners have been hot recently and they have been winning a lot of games in this final stretch as they have put themselves within reach of the Wild Card Spots in the AL. The Mariners are 2 games behind the New York Yankees for the last spot and 3 behind the Boston Red Sox in the other one. They have moved ahead of the A's and are tied with the Toronto Blue Jays also looking for that last spot. Ohtani has been struggling on the mound in his last few starts and the Mariners have been hitting the ball well. The best bet to make in this game is on the Mariners to win and keep rolling toward a Wild Card.
Mariners Angels Prediction: Our free MLB Pick for Sunday September 26, 2021 (4:07 pm ET start time) is Mariners 6 Angels 4.
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MLB Betting Trends
Seattle Mariners: 60-51 (+33.6 units) on the money line as an underdog of +100 or higher. 43-36 (+23.3 units) on the money line in road games.
Los Angeles Angels: 28-34 (-15 units) on the money line at home with a money line of -100 to -150. 25-43 (-20 units) on the money line against division opponents.
Seattle Mariners: Y. Kikuchi (SP) Ques Tues - Undisclosed injury. A. Munoz (RP) Early Oct - Elbow injury. S. Haggerty (LF) Early Oct - Shoulder injury.
Los Angeles Angels: J. Upton (LF) out for season - Back injury. D. Bundy (SP) out for season - Shoulder injury. F. Barreto (SS) Early Oct - Elbow injury.
Players to Watch
Seattle Mariners: Ty France is one of their batters to watch in this game. He leads his team in batting average and in hits. The Mariners have won a lot of games to get themselves in striking distance but they must execute to make their way up to the Wild Card spot. Look for him to get some good hits and get on base here to help his team win out the rest of the season.
Los Angeles Angels: Shohei Ohtani is one player to watch here. He leads his team in home runs, RBI, stolen bases, and in wins as a starting pitcher. He will be both batting and pitching in this game so look for him to have a big impact as he has been having a great year.
"He's had a phenomenal season. It's not normal baseball etiquette to put the tying run on in the ninth, but in that situation, I thought it was worth a shot. But at the end of the day you trust Paul to get through it and he executed his pitches and did a great job.” - Scott Servais on walking Ohtani in the 9th inning.
"The team's in a playoff hunt and they're not going to permit him to beat them. We were in good position in the ninth with the bases loaded and one out. We couldn't get the run in. This whole homestand we have been coming up short against teams that are in playoff contention." - Joe Maddon after losing on Friday night.
J.P. Crawford SS
T. France 1B
M. Haniger RF
K. Seager 3B
L. Torrens DH
A. Toro 2B
J. Kelenic CF
T. Murphy C
D. Moore LF
Los Angeles Angels
B. Marsh CF
S. Ohtani DH
P. Gosselin LF
J. Walsh 1B
J. Mayfield 3B
J. Rojas RF
K. Suzuki C
L. Rengifo SS
D. Fletcher 2B
Batting Average: Ty France (.293)
Hits: Ty France (159)
Home Runs: Mitch Haniger (35)
RBI: Kyle Seager (100)
Stolen Bases: DJ Moore (21)
Wins: Chris Flexen (13)
Saves: Diego Castillo (16)
ERA: Casey Sadler (0.76)
Los Angeles Angels
Batting Average: Mike Trout (.333)
Hits: D. Fletcher (159)
Home Runs: S. Ohtani (45)
RBI: S. Ohtani (95)
Stolen Bases: S. Ohtani (24)
Wins: S. Ohtani (9)
Saves: R. Iglesias (33)
ERA: A. Warren (1.47)
Seattle Mariners: Scott Servais (6th season)
Los Angeles Angels: Joe Maddon (2nd season)
76 degrees F sunny, 65% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 8 mph wind speeds NE.