The Mariners, who lost 1-0 to the Angels Wednesday night, will have Felix Hernandez on the mound Thursday for the third game of the four-game series. He’ll face RHP Tommy Hanson.
GAME: Mariners (32-41, 4th, AL West, -10.5 GB) at Angels (32-40, 3rd, AL West, -10.0 GB). GAME #: 74. SERIES: 4th of 4 games. MEETING: 10th (Angels lead 5-4). WHEN: Thursday, 7:05 p.m., Angels Stadium. STREAKS: Mariners L 1; Angels W 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
If the 2013 season continues to play out as it has so far, the American League West is a battle between Oakland and Texas for first place, and Seattle and the L.A. Angels for third. The surprise is that the Mariners even have a shot at third, when they were widely figured as a lock for fourth, ahead of only the feeble Houston Astros.
After Wednesday night’s 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, their sixth blanking of the season, the Mariners find themselves back in fourth, victimized by one of the most feeble offenses in the majors. Seattle scratched out just two hits Wednesday and have now been outscored 33-7 in five games at Angels Stadium.
Joe Saunders, whose unfortunate wild pitch cost Seattle the game Wednesday, will be followed Thursday by ace Felix Hernandez, who defeated the Angels in his only start against them this season. But that’s misleading. In his career against the Halos, Hernandeza is just 7-12 with a 3.96 ERA. Last year, Hernandez wnt 0-3 with a 6.25 ERA in five starts against the Angels.
Hernandez, 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his past four outings, will be opposed by Tommy Hanson, who hasn’t taken a look at a Seattle ball club since 2011 when he pitched for Atlanta. A closer look:
MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (8-4, 2.32 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)
The 27-year-old Hernandez, in his ninth major league season, all with Seattle, will make his 16th start and second against the Angels. Hernandez, who defeated the Angels 3-2 April 27, has won three of his past four outings, during which he has allowed only six earned runs, including one in his past two games. Hernandez has 110 strikeouts this season vs. just 20 walks.
ANGELS: RHP Tommy Hanson (4-2, 3.94 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)
The 26-year-old Hanson, a Tulsa, OK., native in his fifth major league season and first with the Angels, will make his ninth start and first against the Mariners. Hanson missed most of May with an injury but has won two of his past three starts, including a 6-2 win over the Yankees in his last outing. He features an impressive fastball and biting curve.
MARINERS STATS / NOTES
|6/20||Thr||at LAA||RHP Felix Hernandez (8-4) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (4-2)|
|6/21||Fri||vs. Oak||RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (7-2) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (9-2)|
|6/22||Sat||vs. Oak||RHP Aaron Harang (3-7) vs. RHP Dan Straily (4-2)|
|6/23||Sun||vs. Oak||RHP Jeremy Bonderman (1-1) vs. RHP Jarrod Parker (6-6)|