The Los Angeles Angels are hoping not to let the second wild-card spot in the American League slip out of their sights. The Angels look to remain within striking distance of Minnesota for the second wild card when they attempt to avoid being swept of their three-game series against the host Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Los Angeles briefly overtook the Twins for the wild-card berth within the last week but has fallen two games back thanks to a three-game losing streak. After being edged 4-3 in the series opener, the Angels were trounced 8-1 on Saturday as they finally got on the board with two outs in the ninth inning. Seattle also is in the running for the second wild card as it sits three games behind Minnesota. The Mariners look to continue their trend of sweeping and being swept in series on Sunday before traveling to the Lone Star State for seven games against Texas (four) and Houston.
TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles), ROOT Northwest (Seattle)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Parker Bridwell (7-2, 4.00 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Erasmo Ramirez (5-5, 4.35)
Bridwell will be happy to see a team other than Oakland, as he was tagged for 13 runs and 13 hits over six innings in his last two outings - both against the Athletics. The 26-year-old Texan escaped with no-decisions and is winless in four turns since his last victory, which was a six-inning effort at Seattle on Aug. 13 in which he allowed one run and four hits. Bridwell lost his first career turn against the Mariners on June 30, when he surrendered five runs and 11 hits in six frames.
Ramirez has pitched well over his last five starts but has just one victory to show for his efforts. The 27-year-old Nicaraguan has given up fewer than three runs four times in that span while working six innings in each outing. Ramirez is 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 11 career appearances (seven starts) against the Angels, including a 1-0 mark in two turns this season.
1. Mariners 2B Robinson Cano has recorded two three-hit performances during his four-game hitting streak and is one home run away from 300 for his career.
2. Los Angeles LHP Andrew Heaney, who recently returned from Tommy John surgery, left Saturday’s start in the third inning with soreness in his shoulder.
3. Seattle OF Mitch Haniger has gone 7-for-12 during his three-game hitting streak and has driven in a run in each contest.
PREDICTION: Mariners 5, Angels 3