MLB Handicappers Preview: Seattle Mariners (72-82) at Los Angeles Angels (85-69) 9/26 10:05 PM EST.

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The best sports handicappers look into tonight’s MLB match up at “The Big A”. This will be a crucial game for the Angels if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. With the Orioles closing out their series with Toronto, and the A’s and Rangers battling in Arlington, it’s make or break time for the Angels.


The Angels currently sit 2 games back of Oakland for the second Wild Card spot, and 2.5 games back of the Orioles who currently lead the AL Wild Card by just half a game. In all reality, the Angels are probably out of the picture when it comes to the AL West crown, they would need a miracle to pull that off.


Public money is currently favoring the Angels Money line by nearly 2/3, however, the Experts are not so convinced, and are split right down the middle. The Angels Wild Card Elimination number currently sits at 7, and in their way is arguably one of the best arms in the game.


Wednesday, the Mariners will send his highness, King Felix Hernandez to the mound while the Mariners hope to continue a hot second half, and continue to build for the 2013 season. Hernandez may be 13-8 this season with a sub 3 ERA, and a perfect game to his credit, however, in his last 3 starts, he has faltered. Hernandez is 0-2 with an ERA over 7 in his last 16.2 innings pitched. Felix has surrendered 27 hits and 3 walks for a WHIP of 1.67. The Mariners are averaging a lowly 1.67 runs per game, while allowing 5.67 on average. In fact, Hernandez has not faired very well against the Angels in his last 10 starts at all, winning only three of those games. His most recent start was a game in which the M’s lost 5-2, with Hernandez giving up all the runs (only 4 earned).


The Angels will counter with lefty C.J. Wilson, who has greatly underperformed his price tag at 12-10 and an ERA of 3.82 on the season. If there is a silver lining, Wilson has been slightly better over his last 3 starts. He is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.52 over 15.1 innings. Wilson has given up 12 hits and walked 7 during that span for a WHIP of 1.24. The team has won 2 of his last 3 starts, averaging 5.67 runs per game for him and allowing exactly one run less than that.


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