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Gonzales Has Quietly Been Mariners’ Ace

Marco Gonzales of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers

Marco Gonzales is not the first player you think of when you hear the word “ace,” but the Seattle Mariners lefty has been one of the best pitchers in baseball recently. Gonzales has a 0.81 ERA over his past five starts, a span that has seen the 26-year-old surrender just three earned runs and four extra-base hits. Can the unsung hero of the Mariners rotation continue to soar against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday?

  • Garrett Richards has a 4.15 ERA in 3 starts on short rest this season.
  • The Angels are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against left-handed starting pitchers.
  • The Mariners are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games against right-handed starting pitchers.

Gonzales will face off against an Angels team that has not been as potent offensively as it was earlier in the season. The Halos are averaging 3.1 runs per game while hitting just .221 in their last seven games. Offense has come almost exclusively from the home run with the Angels mashing 11 dingers and slugging .407 during that same seven-game span.

Countering Gonzales for the Angels will be Garrett Richards, who will be pitching on four days’ rest in place of the injured Shohei Ohtani. This will be Richards’ third start this season on short rest with the righty posting a 4.15 ERA with 11.8 SO/9 in the previous two outings. The 30-year-old pitched an excellent game against the Mariners earlier this season, tossing 6.2 innings of no-run ball on May 4.

The Mariners are the hottest team in baseball right now, winning 10 of their last 12 outings. A big reason for this excellent play has been their work at the plate with the Mariners averaging 4.5 runs per game while slashing .259/.314/.461 during the month of June. The Mariners’ best batter has easily been Mitch Haniger, who is 11-for-43 with four home runs and nine RBIs during June.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those betting on the visitors in this one found the Los Angeles Angels listed as favorites of -116 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8; check for odds updates at MyBookie.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.6-1.0 win for the Mariners. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Los Angeles Angels vs Seattle Mariners Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Seattle Mariners bring a 43-24 record to the battle against the 37-31 Angels. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Seattle vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Mariners-Angels odds would favor the Angels if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Seattle is rated No. 11 in the current OddsShark poll, while Los Angeles is at No. 6.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Seattle owns the No. 6 ranking for hits at 8.81 per game. By contrast, Los Angeles is rated No. 14 in the same category at 8.41 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Seattle has the No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Angels own the No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles looks to rebound from a loss to the Mariners, who beat them 6-3 on Tuesday behind a start from Mike Leake at Safeco Field.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Los Angeles is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Los Angeles's last 13 games
  • Los Angeles is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Seattle is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 8 games
  • Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Oakland, Friday, June 15
Seattle home to Boston, Thursday, June 14