GAME: Angels (8-12, 3rd, AL West, -5.5 GB) at Mariners (8-15, 4th, AL West, -7.0 GB). GAME #: 24. SERIES: 1st of 4 games. MEETING: 1st (Angels won 2012 series 11-8). WHEN: Thursday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. STREAKS: Mariners L 2; Angels L 1. TV: Root Sports. RADIO: ESPN 710, Mariners Radio Network
With a 1-5 road trip in the books (outscored 36-8 in the five losses), including two brutal setbacks to the $25 million Houston Astros, the 8-15 Mariners are just percentage points (.015) of staking out last place -- again! -- in the AL West slightly less than a week before April turns to May. Last year, the Mariners, a relatively robust 11-12 after 23 games, didn't hit bottom until May 12, and that was only a temporary wallow in the dregs.