Sho-Time comes to the Pacific Northwest where Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels open a 5-game series on Thursday’s baseball betting card against the Seattle Mariners.
Despite having already wrapped up season series with teams outside the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners are meeting for the first time in 2022 on Thursday night in the Emerald City.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners
Thursday, June 16, 2022 – 10:10 PM EDT at T-Mobile Park
Chalk it up to greed and childishness on the part of the owners and players as the reason why the Angels and Mariners are just now meeting for the first time, all because their matchup on the original 2022 schedule was canceled due to the delayed start of the campaign caused by the renegotiation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- The Mariners won 11 of the 19 meetings a year ago
- The Angels own a 377-319 advantage in the rivalry all-time.
- The Mariners were 5-4 in the 2021 matchups at T-Mobile Park where totals ran 5-4 O/U.
- This will be a 5-game series as the clubs make up the games canceled on the original schedule.
- They will meet again in a quick rematch next weekend in Anaheim.
Angels vs. Mariners: Today's Pitchers
Starting pitching depth will be tested on both sides in this series that has been augmented by the necessity to make up a game.
It begins with a nice duel between two-way star Shohei Ohtani (4-4, 3.64) of the Angels and Seattle rookie George Kirby (1-1, 3.65), with the MLB odds showing Los Angeles favored around -120 on the moneyline.
Shohei Ohtani: Angels' Pitcher Analysis
Ohtani was, literally and figuratively, a one-man show in his last start a week ago, working 7 innings of 1-run baseball on the mound and swatting a home run in a 5-2 win over the Red Sox as -131 chalk at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).
That victory stopped a 14-game losing streak by the Angels, the longest in franchise history, and halted a 4-game skid for the team in Ohtani’s assignments during which the 27-year-old pitched to a 5.14 ERA (21 IP).
Both of Ohtani’s starts a year ago against the Mariners took place in Anaheim where the Angels split the two games despite his super 2.07 ERA in the outings, and Thursday will mark just his second career start in Seattle, and first since May of his rookie 2018 campaign.
George Kirby: Mariners' Pitcher Analysis
When the Mariners plucked George Kirby from Elon University as the No. 20 pick overall in the first round of the 2019 MLB draft, they thought they were getting more of a control pitcher than some young righthander just bringing the heat.
Kirby has since developed into both as he prepares for just his eighth major league appearance, increasing his velocity into the high 90s without losing command of the strike zone, and also possessing a couple of above-average breaking pitches with a curve and a slider.
The 6-4 New Yorker bypassed Triple-A along the way, coming up from Double-A Arkansas in early May, and reached a career-high 97 pitches this past weekend against the Red Sox (5 IP, 3 ER), in a no-decision Seattle ultimately won 7-6 as +120 underdogs at the top-rated sportsbooks.
Angels vs. Mariners: Today's Batters
Los Angeles Angels
Ohtani might have to be a one-man show again considering the current state of the Angels’ lineup, a group that managed to score just 2 runs while coming out on the losing end of the MLB scores in their last three games against the Dodgers and Mets.
The Angels were held hitless into the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles, a contest they were without third baseman Anthony Rendon due to the all-star reaggravating a wrist injury that had him on the injured list earlier this season.
Seattle’s offense isn’t exactly killing it either at this time, with the Mariners blanked for the second time in four games on Wednesday and scoring just 2 runs in their three losses over the last four games.
The roof was open Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Park when the Twins left Seattle with a 5-0 victory over the Mariners. We suspect the roof will be open again Thursday evening when it’s going to be a little warmer with mostly clear skies and a light southwest breeze (out to center field).
MLB Betting Pick for Today
Thursday’s scoreboard target is 7½, and with both the Mariners and Angels trending to the low side of totals recently, that’s the direction I’ll go with my free MLB pick.
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