The Los Angeles Angels open a three-game series on the road Monday against American League West rivals the Seattle Mariners.
The streaking Angels won their sixth straight on Saturday beating the Minnesota Twins 2-1. Albert Pujols hit career home run No. 623 and knocked in career RBI No. 1,951 to pass Stan Musial on the all-time list, helping Los Angeles to the win. The Angels trail Seattle and Houston by 3 ½ games in the AL West.
Seattle lost 7-3 on Saturday to Tampa Bay but has won 7 of its last 9 overall. Felix Hernandez took the loss to fall to 6-5 allowing seven hits and six runs in just three innings of work. Nelson Cruz homered in the loss while Kyle Seager knocked in two runs for the Mariners.
Mike Trout leads the Angels with a .306 batting average and has a team high in home runs with 19. Justin Upton leads the team in RBIs with 40. Los Angeles has a team batting average of .249 while opposing hitters are averaging .238 at the plate against Angels pitching. On Monday, the Angels will send Andrew Heaney to the mound. The left-hander this season is 3-4 with an ERA of 3.12, 58 Ks and 19 BBs.
Jean Segura leads the Mariners with a .342 batting average and team high 88 hits. Mitch Haniger has the team leads in home runs with 13 and RBIs with 47. Seattle has a team batting average of .257 while opposing hitters are averaging .244 at the plate against Mariners pitching. On Monday, the Mariners will send Wade LeBlanc to the mound. The southpaw this season is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.94, 38 Ks and 12 BBs.