Mariners-Angels Preview

The Los Angeles Angels have been nearly unbeatable at home over

the last six weeks. The Seattle Mariners have known how difficult

it is to win in Anaheim for the last couple of years.

The Angels will be looking for their 18th win in 20 home games

against the Mariners on Saturday night.

Los Angeles is coming off a 1-0 victory in 10 innings Friday.

Jered Weaver struck out eight in nine innings in what’s expected to

be his last start before serving a suspension, and Vernon Wells’

single off reliever Dan Cortes plated Torii Hunter for the lone

run.

Mark Trumbo had three singles, and is 8 for 15 with three homers

in his last four games versus Seattle. He leads all MLB rookies

with 21 homers and 62 RBIs.

The Angels (62-51) have gone 16-4 in Anaheim following a 15-20

start there, helping them stay within one game of AL West-leading

Texas.

Seattle (48-63) was blanked Friday for the 10th time this year

and the third time during its 2-17 stretch in Anaheim. The

Mariners, 1-14 away from home since July 6, are batting .201 with

one home run and 68 strikeouts during an eight-game road losing

streak to the Angels.

One bright spot Friday was the defensive play of Trayvon

Robinson, who made his major league debut memorable by robbing

Hunter of a two-run homer with a leaping grab in the left field

corner to close the third inning.

“After I did it, I put my hand up to let everybody know I caught

the ball. Then I immediately turned to Torii and I was like, `Oh,

God, I’ve got to walk past him and he’s going to kill me.’ It was

quite a sight,” said Robinson, a Los Angeles native.

A pair of rookies will square off Saturday when the Angels’

Tyler Chatwood is opposed by Seattle’s Blake Beavan.

Chatwood (6-7, 3.93 ERA) will be hoping for some run support as

he goes for his first win in six home starts.

The right-hander has received no support in four of his last

five games in Anaheim, going 0-4 with a 5.54 ERA in that stretch.

Chatwood leads all rookies with 123 hits allowed and 58 walks.

He was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings of a

12-2 loss at Detroit in his last start July 29. Chatwood had given

up seven runs over 17 1-3 innings while going 1-1 in his previous

three outings.

Chatwood has yet to face Seattle.

Beavan (2-2, 3.24) will make his second start against Los

Angeles and sixth overall. The right-hander limited the Angels to

two runs over 6 1-3 innings July 8, but didn’t get a decision as

Seattle lost 4-3 in Anaheim.

Beavan surrendered three runs over 6 2-3 innings Monday in an

8-4 victory over Oakland – his first win since his major league

debut July 3.