On April 24, the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4, notching Wade Miley his first win. The Mariners improved to 9-9, and the Angels devolved to 8-11.
Since then, fortune has favored the Mariners, and it has done anything but to the Angels. The Mariners are just coming off of a sweep of the Rays, continuing their newly discovered hot trend of winning baseball games and baseball being fun. The Angels have lost player after player to injury and have one of the worst records in baseball. Baseball is no longer fun for the Angels.
Alas, many of us could probably care less about the Angels. What is important is that since the last time the Mariners and the Angels played each other, the Mariners have gone 12-4 and the Angels have gone 5-10.
The Mariners will face off against Nick Tropeano, who likes to throw a lot of strike outs. He has a solid changeup and slider, which help offset his pedestrian fastball. Unfortunately, his command hasn't locked in just quite yet in his young career, and his walk rate is at an all time high.
There probably aren't too many tickets left for this game. Between the great weather and the great momentum the Mariners have built over April, we haven't seen a time when people say, "I love baseball in May," in quite some time. Here is to hoping it continues tonight as the Mariners feast on the souls of the Fallen Angels.
|LOS ANGELES ANGELS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Kole Calhoun - RF||Norichika Aoki - LF|
|Mike Trout - CF||Ketel Marte - SS|
|Albert Pujols - DH||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Daniel Nava - LF||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|C.J. Cron - 1B||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Geovany Soto - C||Seth Smith - RF|
|Johnny Giavotella - 2B||Adam Lind - 1B|
|Jefry Marte - 3B||Chris Iannetta - C|
|Brendan Ryan - SS||Leonys Martin - CF|
|Nick Tropeano - RHP||Nate Karns - RHP|
- Rays @ Mariners, 12:40 PM PDT, Safeco Field
- TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN, Online: MLB.TV