MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Seattle0 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 6110
LA Angels0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 260
  W: J. Sheffield (5-4)   L: G. Canning (4-4)
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, June 3, 2021
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 9,714

Anthony Rendon, Angels aim to heat up vs. Mariners

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Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Mariners will make their first trip to Angel Stadium this season. Since 2019, the Mariners and Angels have split 32 meetings, 16 wins apiece.
  2. Through 57 games the Mariners are batting .206. This is the worst 57-game start in franchise history and the worst batting average through 57 games for any team since the 1968 Chicago White Sox hit .206 (fraction worse than 2021 M's).
  3. The Los Angeles Angels pitching staff has the second-worst ERA in the major leagues at 4.98, better than only the Cincinnati Reds (5.04). They also have committed the most errors (44) in MLB and have the worst fielding percentage (.977) in baseball.
  4. Mitch Haniger is tied with Nolan Arenado (StL) for the second-most extra-base hits in the MLB this season with 30. The only player with more is Boston's Rafael Devers (31).
  5. In the only series against the Mariners this season (Apr. 30 -- May 2), Shohei Ohtani hit a home run and had three stolen bases becoming just the third Angel with 1+ HR & 3+ SB in a series against Seattle (Carney Lansford 1980 and Darin Erstad 1998).
  6. Justus Sheffield is 0-3 on the road this season with an ERA of 6.75 and an opponent batting average of .356. Griffin Canning is 1-0 with a 1.47 ERA (3 ER, 18.1 IP) in three career starts against the Mariners.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/3/2021 thru 6/6/2021

The Los Angeles Angels host the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night hoping that at least one of their projected mainstays of the offense has turned the corner and is moving in the right direction.

Without Mike Trout in the lineup, the production of third baseman Anthony Rendon is even more important to Los Angeles. But Rendon has had injury issues of his own, with two stints on the injured list.

Struggling to find his groove all season, Rendon may have located a spark after recording a three-hit performance on Tuesday against San Francisco. Rendon had two singles, a double and drove in five runs in the Angels' 8-1 win over the Giants, but is still hitting just .228 with three homers and a .646 OPS.

Rendon, however, has kept an even-keel disposition throughout the season.

"I've never seen him panic," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "You watch him, even through some bad at-bats, he'll just put the bat down and go to his position. He's boiling inside, but doesn't show it externally, which I think is great. It's a great way to be.

"And that's why he's so successful. He's one of those guys that's a tension-free kind of a baseball player, and I think that benefits him over the long haul."

That laid-back attitude is more than his approach; it's just how he is.

"I'm not one to slam my helmet, throw bats, break bats," Rendon said. "I don't want to be that type of individual. More gray hairs come in that sense. Can't be a happy hitter."

Right-hander Griffin Canning (4-3, 5.40 ERA) will get the nod for the Angels after coming off a victory in his previous start against Texas on May 26. Canning pitched well in the month of May, going 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three career starts against Seattle.

Left-hander Justus Sheffield (4-4, 4.96 ERA), who will start for the Mariners, is 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA in three career starts against Los Angeles. Sheffield will not have Kyle Lewis playing behind him in center field now that the latter is out again with a knee injury.

Lewis, who is seeking a second opinion, was initially diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He missed the first 17 games of the season with a bone bruise on the knee.

"Kyle is really down, he's disappointed," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He was playing so well, and like any player having to deal with that kind of issue, and just as he was getting it going, it becomes very frustrating."

Moving over from left field, Jarred Kelenic is expected to get most of the starts for the Mariners in center field. Kelenic, 21, is still trying to find his major league stroke, hitting .111 with two homers and a .422 OPS.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 3, 2021

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