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Mariners Pregame: M’s out to catch Trout; lineups and starters matchup

UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout swings for a two run home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 3, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout swings for a two run home run off Oakland Athletics’ Kendall Graveman in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 3, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

The Seattle Mariners open up a three-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (of Orange County of the State of California in the United States of America).

The Angels went 74-88 last season despite starting the best player in the game every day. Mike Trout comes off yet another spectacular season, as he put up a .315/.441/.550 slash line in ’16 with 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. So far this season, Trout is hitting .313/.353/.750 with a homer and four RBIs in 17 plate appearances.

The weekend scheduled pitching matchups:

    Friday: Yovani Gallardo vs. Jesse Chavez

    Saturday: Felix Hernandez vs. Ricky Nolasco

    Sunday: Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Matt Shoemaker

Lineups and starter matchup

Game 5: Seattle Mariners (1-3) at Los Angeles Angels (2-2), 7:07 p.m.

Courtesy @MarinersPR
Courtesy @MarinersPR

Starters: RHP Yovani Gallardo (2016 w/BAL: 6-8, 5.42 ERA, 1.585 WHIP) vs. RHP Jesse Chavez (2016: w/TOR & LAD: 2-2, 4.43 ERA, 1.328 WHIP)

Mariners Notes

  • Jarrod Dyson’s go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning in Thursday’s 4-2 win over Houston was his first career game-winning hit in the ninth inning or later. Last year, the Mariners ranked tied for sixth in MLB with 13 go-ahead hits in the ninth inning or later.
  • Jean Segura has tallied 3 multi-hit games this season, tied with six others for the Major League lead.
  • Robinson Canó (.455 (10 for 22), two doubles, four RBIs), Nelson Cruz (.429 (6 for 14), double, three HRs, seven RBIs) and Jarrod Dyson (.750 (3 for 4)) are hitting a combined .475 (19 for 40) with three doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI against Angels starter Jesse Chavez.
  • Mariners starters have combined for a 2.45 ERA (6 ER, 22.0 IP), eighth-best among starting staffs in the Majors…they have allowed two runs or fewer in each of the club’s four games this season…Mariners starters have also given up five hits or fewer in each of their four outings…each of the six runs allowed by Mariners starting pitchers have come via solo home runs.

This day in Mariners History

In 1999, Freddy Garcia made his his MLB debut. He struck out five and allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, picking up a win in a 7-3 victory against the Chicago White Sox at the Kingdome. Ken Griffey Jr. went 4 for 4 with a home run.

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