Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/10/12
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August 10-12

The Seattle Mariners finish up their road trip and hope to regain their dignity.

Pitching match ups: Game 114: Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.63 ERA) vs. Angels RH Ervin Santana (5-10, 5.83)

Matchup | Preview

Angels

Felix has faced the former National League slugger Albert Pujols for 3 at bats and he has 2 hits a strike out and a home run.  Now that Felix is in his stride lets see who will win the celebrity death match.

  • Current Line: 10-5 / 2.63 ERA / 43 BB / 159 SO / 1.11 WHIP

Santana has only 1 win in his past 7 starts and this game against the Mariners may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back if he loses.  His ERA against Seattle for the season is 10.24 with the biggest issue being the 13 walks he has issued in his 2 starts against their division rivals.

Happy Felix Day!

  • Current Line: 5-10 / 5.83 ERA / 46 BB / 81 SO / 1.40 WHIP
Game 115: RHP – Hisashi Iwakuma vs. LHP – Dan Haren

Iwakuma has transitioned to the starting rotation quite well, and although he got a bit knocked around against the Yankees, he has been showing some pretty quality stuff and could be surprising to the Angels.

  • Current line: 2-3 / 4.20 ERA / 30 BB / 54 SO / 1.41 WHIP.

Haren missed a start with a sore back, but he pitched on Sunday with seemingly no ill effects.  Haren has not allowed the Mariners to score a run against him so far this season, but instead has 14 strike outs.

  • Current Line: 8-8 / 4.44 ERA / 30 BB / 99 SO / 1.35 WHIP
Game 116:  LHP – Jason Vargas vs. RHP – Jared Weaver

As has been typical in his career Vargas pitched well but received no run support in his last outing.  Hopefully he can inspire his team on to more against the Angels.

  • Current Line: 12-8 / 3.69 ERA / 42 BB / 102 SO / 1.14 WHIP

Weaver has been absolutely dominate this season, he has 9 wins in last 10 starts.  I wish I could say something good about the Mariners chances in this match-up, but I simply can’t think of any.

Behind Felix tonight the M’s should be able to get off enough good swings against Santana

  • Current Line: 15-1 / 2.13  ERA / 27 BB /  101 SO / 0.92 WHIP
M’s vs Angels Series Predictions

Game 1:

Felix has got this and the M’s should be able to get off enough good swings against Santana to score enough runs for a win.

Prediction:  Win (Mariners 5 – Angels 2)

Game 2:

This pitching match up is probably a bit more evenly matched than it first seems, the difference being that the Angels have difference makers in their batting order and the M’s simply do not.

Prediction: Loss (Mariners 2 – Angels 6)

Game 3:

My mom always said if I can’t say something nice, I shouldn’t say anything at all.

Prediction: Loss (Mariners 0 – Angels 4)

Notes

Felix Hernandez is just 2-5 in 13 career starts at Angel Stadium. The Angels have won only two of their nine series since the All-Star break.

Los Angeles has captured 21 of its last 27 home meetings with Seattle.

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