The Seattle Mariners couldn’t completely cool off a red-hot
opponent in the middle stop on their road trip. They’ll get another
crack a cooling off another surging club in the final series of
their nine-game trek.
The Mariners have had little success in recent visits to Anaheim
to face the Los Angeles Angels, who will seek their 11th win in 13
contests overall and their sixth in a row over Seattle on Monday
night in manager Mike Scioscia’s 2,000th game.
Seattle (24-32) ended the Chicago White Sox’s nine-game winning
streak Saturday, prevailing 10-8 in 12 innings at U.S. Cellular
Field. The Mariners couldn’t follow that effort up with another win
Sunday as they blew an early two-run lead en route to a 4-2
After totaling 45 runs and 57 hits during a 3-1 stretch, Seattle
mustered five hits in the series finale against the White Sox.
Jesus Montero registered two of those, and Miguel Olivo drove in
the only runs on a second-inning homer that traveled an estimated
The Mariners have batted .127 and scored 10 runs over their last
five games against the Angels (28-27) – all losses, four of them
coming in a sweep at Safeco Field from May 24-27.
Seattle, however, will get to face the starter it had the most
success against during that four-game set Monday. Ervin Santana
(2-6, 4.78 ERA) gave up four runs and walked seven – one shy of his
career high – in five innings while not getting a decision in the
Angels’ 6-4 win May 25.
The right-hander followed that start by allowing five runs over
five innings of Wednesday’s 6-5 home defeat to the New York
Yankees. Once again, he avoided his first loss since May 4 but
added two homers to his major league-worst 15 allowed this
While Santana is unbeaten in his last five outings, he hasn’t
earned a win in his last three. His first home start against the
Mariners this season could help him end that drought, as he’s 2-1
with a 2.02 ERA the last five times he’s faced them in Anaheim.
The Angels have won 20 of 24 at home over Seattle.
On the other hand, Ichiro Suzuki is a .349 lifetime hitter
against Santana, and his 29 hits in their matchups are the most
Santana has allowed to any batter.
Los Angeles failed to complete a three-game sweep of AL
West-leading Texas by losing 7-3 on Sunday, allowing four runs over
the final two inning including a 484-foot homer to Nelson Cruz.
“Two out of three is not bad against a good team like Texas
because they’re the champs, so you’ve got to be happy with it,”
Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said.
Seattle starter Jason Vargas (6-4, 3.45) will try to send Los
Angeles to back-to-back defeats for the first time since a
three-game skid May 19-21 by earning consecutive wins for the
second time this season.
The left-hander has alternated wins and losses in his last five
outings, and has given up exactly three runs while pitching between
six and seven innings in each of his last three.
“Jason has been very consistent for us this year,” manager Eric
Wedge told the Mariners’ official website. “He’s just very
even-keeled out there. He doesn’t get excited. He stays in his
delivery and makes pitches.”
Vargas received four runs of support over 6 2-3 innings of a
10-3 win at Texas on Tuesday after being on the wrong end of a 3-0
loss to the Angels on May 24.
He is 1-4 over his last six matchups with Los Angeles, but has
posted a 2.63 ERA in those games.