Los Angeles Angels @ Seattle Mariners / MLB 2022 Predictions & Preview

The show that is Shohei Ohtani leads the Angels into Seattle to face the red-hot Mariners. Before placing any bets, be sure to read our expert preview.

The Shohei Ohtani-led Los Angeles Angels are in Seattle this weekend to face the playoff-worthy Seattle Mariners.

Los Angeles Angels Overview

Shohei Ohtani is a historical figure in baseball, and this week he and the Angels combined to do something that has only happened five other times in the history of baseball. They hit seven home runs in a game and lost.

It happened Thursday afternoon at home against the A’s. They hit solo home runs in each of the first four innings and added three more solo home runs before the game was through – two of them by Ohtani, and one each by Jo Adell, Mickey Moniak, Kurt Suzuki, Jared Walsh, and Taylor Ward.

Oakland’s winning pitcher, Paul Blackburn, said of the game, “It was one of those days where any ball hitting the air seemed like it went out. I’ve never seen anything like that.”

In a way, the game was good news for Angels fans. Ohtani left Wednesday’s game with tightness in his forearm. Hitting a pair of home runs the next afternoon – his fifth multi-homer game of the season – is a pretty good sign his arm is fine.

The rest of his team, however, is a different story. Mike Trout is out with ribcage inflammation, and he did not make the trip to Seattle. He’s started exercises, but he has to be cleared to swing a bat, so his return is still some time away.

Seattle Mariners Overview

If not for the Houston Astros, it might be the Seattle Mariners that were in first place in the American League West and a challenge to the Yankees A.L. supremacy.

Since June 28, when playing against teams that are not the Astros, the Mariners are 22-2, and that includes sweeps of the Padres and Blue Jays, both teams currently in playoff spots. The Mariners also won two of three games against the Yankees.

The problem is that during that same stretch, the Mariners also played the Astros seven times, and they lost six of those. It’s the one team that has vexed Seattle in 2022. They are 11-2 against the Rangers, 7-3 against the A’s, but just 7-12 when playing the Astros.

The good news for Seattle’s quest to end its 21-year playoff drought, the longest in any North American professional sport, is that they are done with the Astros for the season.

They will not play Houston again. Instead, they have nine games remaining against the worst team in the American League, the Oakland A’s, and seven games with the Tigers, who are pushing the A’s for the bottom of the league.

Angels at Mariners Prediction

Scheduled to start on Saturday for the Angels is Touki Toussaint, making his first start for the team after being called up at the end of July. The former 16th overall pick of the Diamondbacks in 2014 has had a rough road to get here. He’s never thrown more than 50 innings in a season, and just in the last two years, he’s played in four different minor leagues.

In two relief appearances since his contract was purchased by the Angels and he was promoted to the Majors, he’s thrown 8.1 innings, allowed four earned runs, with nine strikeouts to seven walks.

On the mound for the Mariners on Saturday is Chris Flexen, who has allowed two runs or less in his last five starts. He was the starting pitcher during that one Seattle win over the Astros in July, and he threw 6.2 shutout innings in a win over the Padres.

Flexen has two previous starts against the Angels this season, with each team winning one.

The Angels have played the Mariners pretty well this season, but that was before Seattle became the hottest team in the A.L. This is a different Mariners team in August, and they should be your play in this one.

Ryan Knuppel

Ryan Knuppel

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