Mariners vs Angels Prediction - MLB Picks 8/3/23

Los Angeles Angels (56-53) vs Seattle Mariners (56-52)

Game Info: Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 9:38 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)

Shohei Ohtani (9-5) (3.51) vs Bryan Woo (1-3) (4.96)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Angels -155 / Seattle Mariners +142 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Seattle Mariners will head down to Anaheim to kick off a divisional series with the Los Angeles Angels this Wednesday from Angel Stadium.

Mariners Preview & Projected Starter

Seattle moved at 56-53 after taking two of three from Boston. The Mariners pulled away after the seventh inning stretch to pick up the game three victory over the Sox, and they’ll look to hold their position in the wildcard race this weekend. The Seattle offense is 3.87 scoring runs per game, while batting .234, with a .313 on-base percentageThe pitching staff carries a 3.55 ERA, with a 1.19 WHIP. 

Bryan Woo (1-3, 4.96 ERA, 54 Ks) will start for Seattle. The rookie pitcher bounced back from a pair of rough starts by holding Arizona to three runs in the desert en route to a Mariners win. Woo looked solid before the break, and there’s optimism he returns to that form slowly. Woo comes into game one of a series that has playoff implications, so it will be interesting to see how he comes out in Anaheim. 

Mariners Player Trends & Props

Julio Rodriguez brings an eleven-game hit streak into this series and he leads Seattle in hits (110) and home runs (17), with 58 RBI. 

Eugenio Suarez has produced a run in eight straight games, and he leads the Mariners in RBI (69), with fifteen homers. 

J.P. Crawford has scored a run in five of the last seven games,  and he leads the team in batting at .260, with 36 RBI.

Teoscar Hernandez is second on the team in home runs (16) and runs batted in (59).  

Cal Raleigh homered in both wins over Boston, and he’s tied with JRod for the team-lead in homers (17), with 45 runs batted in.  

 

Angels Preview & Projected Starter 

Los Angeles moved to 56-53 after dropping two of three to Atlanta. The Angels were blitzed in game three, but they managed to avoid being swept, and they’ll look to hop Seattle in the standings this weekend. The LAA offense is scoring 4.16 runs per game, while batting .257, with a .333 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.43 ERA, with a 1.36 WHIP. 

Shohei Ohtani (9-5, 3.43 ERA, 156 Ks) will take the mound for LAA. The two-way superstar delivered a gem in Detroit last time out, tossing a complete game shutout to pick up his second straight win. Ohtani’s wasn’t finished that day, as he’d go on to homer twice in the second leg of the doubleheader en route to a Halos victory. Ohtani has done this a handful of times already this season, and another signature performance isn’t out of the question here against the Mariners’ inconsistent lineup. Ohtani picked up his first win of the season in Seattle back in April, striking out eight thru six innings of work, and he’ll look to deliver another special effort here, as both squads are fighting for playoff position. Ohtani recorded multiple hits in two of three games in Atlanta this week, and he’s first in the AL in home runs (39), while leading LAA in hits (123) and RBI (81), while batting .307.

Angels Player Trends & Props

Hunter Renfroe plated a pair of runs in the series finale in Atlanta, and he’s posting splits of .251/17/49.  

Mickey Moniak has recorded a hit in eight of the previous ten games, and he’s batting .317, with eleven homers and 35 RBI.

Mike Moustakas has been dialed in since the Freeway Series, recording a hit in 16 of the last 18 games, and he’s batting .263, with 30 RBI on the season. 

• Moustakas preceded CJ Cron’s and Randal Grichuk's arrivals from Colorado prior to the deadline, and they’ve both recorded hits in all three games with the Angels. 

Luis Rengifo has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he’s batting .229, with 33 RBI for the season.

 

Corey’s Free Pick 

You have to give the Angels front office a salute on how they’ve handled this wind whirl of a season. From the bad stretches of play, to the countless injuries, and inconsistent production, they’ve somehow walked away from the deadline in striking distance of a return to the playoffs. If there’s ever a team that only needs to get to the postseason to really see what happens, it’s this organization, because they have a one-of-kind player in Shohei Ohtani. The two-way stud will get the call here in game one of a series that will be approached with urgency, and I like trusting him with the ball on his home turf here in game one. Back the Angels Thursday night, as they look to hop the Mariners in the standings. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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