Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Seattle1 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 670
LA Angels0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 590
  W: J. Smith (4-4)   L: J. Herget (2-2)   S: P. Sewald (11)
6:38 PM PT7:38 PM MT8:38 PM CT9:38 PM ET21:38 ET1:38 GMT9:38 6:38 PM MST8:38 PM EST9:08 PM VEN5:38 UAE (+1)7:38 PM CT, September 24, 2021
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 18,551

Mariners carry postseason hopes into visit with Angels

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

  1. For the first time in franchise history, the Mariners swept a four-game series in Oakland, holding them to just 23 hits (.181 average). Seattle's last victory made it nine straight wins against the A's, its longest winning streak against Oakland all-time.
  2. The Angels have gone just 3-8 over their last 11 games. Their 3-2 win against Houston last night snapped an eight-game home losing streak, which was the team's longest in a single season since 1994. Their 65 runs scored in the month of September rank last in MLB.
  3. Since 2019, Seattle is 13-11 against the Angels when playing in Anaheim. Seven of those games have been decided by one run -- the Angels are 24-12 (.667) in one-run games this season while the Mariners are 32-18 (.640), which rank first and third respectively in MLB.
  4. Mitch Haniger has a 1.011 OPS versus the Angels this season compared to a .772 OPS when facing all others. His 16 RBI against the Angels are the second most by any player this season (Houston's Kyle Tucker -- 17).
  5. Shohei Ohtani was walked seven times over the final two games of the series against Houston. That is the most all-time for an Angel over any two-game span.
  6. Logan Gilbert has gone from a 9.13 ERA in August (five starts) to a 2.09 ERA in September (four starts). That is the second-lowest ERA in the AL this month (minimum 20.0 IP). Ranking right behind him is LAA's Jose Suarez (2.21 ERA), who will be on the mound tonight as well.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2021 thru 9/26/2021

The Los Angeles Angels will open a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in Anaheim, Calif., and it will mark the Angels' third consecutive series against visiting teams from the AL West that are contending for postseason appearances.

The Angels lost all three of their games to Oakland, then dropped three of four against first-place Houston. Next up are the Mariners (84-69), who are two games behind the New York Yankees (86-67) for the second wild-card spot. Toronto (85-68) sits between those teams.

Seattle is riding a five-game winning streak, the last four coming in a sweep at Oakland. With a 6-5 win Thursday, the Mariners improved their record in September to 13-7, their best record by winning percentage of any month this season.

"We're doing the things that we preached are going to be very important for us as we continue this journey," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "And all year long I think I've said, 'Just focus on getting better.' And we are continuing to get better."

Seattle trailed 4-1 going into the fifth inning on Thursday, but Servais said his players never feel like they are out of a game.

"Just the constant belief in our dugout, if (the pitchers) can just put some zeros up there, we'll come up with some big hits," Servais said.

Right-hander Logan Gilbert (6-5, 4.74 ERA) will start for Seattle, fresh off one of his best starts of the season. On Sunday in Kansas City, Gilbert gave up just one run and three hits in seven innings of a 7-1 victory over the Royals.

Gilbert is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in two career starts against the Angels, both coming this season.

Left-hander Jose Suarez (7-8, 3.67) will start for the Angels. He took a loss Saturday against Oakland when he allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Suarez has the distinction of throwing the only complete game this season among the Angels' staff, going the distance against Texas on Sept. 4. After that game, Angels manager Joe Maddon said his next start would be especially important.

"I wanna see his next start," Maddon said. "I wanna see the carryover. That's what's gonna make him into a really good major league starter."

Suarez was up to the task, earning a win over the Astros while giving up just one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings his next time out.

Without a chance at reaching the postseason, the Angels still have Shohei Ohtani striving to become the Angels' fourth player to win MVP, joining Don Baylor (1979), Vladimir Guerrero (2004) and Mike Trout (2014, '16, '19).

However, without Trout and Anthony Rendon in the lineup most of the season to provide protection, Ohtani does not get much to hit and has struggled in September. After going 0-for-1 with three walks on Thursday against Houston, Ohtani is hitting .206 (13-for-63) with three homers and five RBIs in 19 games this month.

"What it's going to come down to is him keeping a more finite strike zone," Maddon said. "If he does that, you're going to see him hit the ball very well."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2021