MLB Picks: Angels@ Mariners; 10:40 PM

Mariners’ starter Joe Saunders is yet to get his first victory over the an MLB club, although only he is not responsible for this. He has enjoyed success against many Los Angeles Angels' players. He has shut down Josh Hamilton this year which ended his struggle in those matchups. Hamilton, however, is rising fast with four homers and 10 RBIs in the last six games for the visiting Angels. They will head into Friday night's opener against Saunders and the Mariners. Saunders who is 7-8 with an ERA of 4.51 ERA has pitched for the Angels from 2005-10. Saunders is 0-2 in two starts against them despite a 1.93 ERA.

Free MLB Picks insider reports that both previous outings of Saunders were in Anaheim. He is now at 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 17 career starts at Safeco Field, however he is 1-3 with an ERA of 7.45 in his last four there. Saunders has produced two earned runs over 13 2-3 innings in winning his first pair of outings in July - both on the road. Saunders has held Albert Pujols hitless in eight at_bats and stopped Mike Trout to a double in seven. Hamilton is 4 for 13 with one homer against him. Hamilton, meanwhile, is 0 for 3 against Saunders this year but he has hit an AL-low .151 against lefties. The left fielder has accumulated a solid six-game stretch covered by his first multihomer effort with the Angels (44-46) on Wednesday in the 13-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Baseball predictions expert reports that Hamilton and Pujols hit continued homers for the lone time as the Angels won their 11th matchup in 14 games. Trout is at 11 for 25 in an active seven-game hitting streak. He has 17 for 37 with seven RBIs and equal runs gained against Seattle (40-52) this year. This has helped Los Angeles win six of 10. Pujols has a team-best nine RBIs against the Mariners. Alberto Callaspo is at 11 for 22 in the season and 4 for 12 off Saunders. The Mariners lost the last three games of a four-game home set with Boston after dropping 8-7 in 10 innings on Thursday.

MLB predictions expert reports that Nick Franklin missed the game with a sore right knee, but the second baseman could return on Friday. Endy Chavez, who is 11 for 33 against the Angels, left the match in fourth inning with tightness in the right side of his groin. Kyle Seager is 19 for 43 during an 11-game streak, and he is 13 for 38 against the Angels in this year. Seattle equaled a franchise record by hitting homers in 19 consecutive games, also doing so from Sept. 7-27, 1999. The Angels will start Jerome Williams who is 5-4 with an ERA of 4.16. He is 0-2 with an ERA of 8.47 spanning over his last four outings. Williams has failed to sustain through the fourth inning in the last two matches. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners. He has pitched eight innings to earn a 12-0 victory on May 21. 

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