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  W: A. Cobb (4-2)   L: D. Steckenrider (2-2)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)8:07 PM CT, June 5, 2021
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 15,071

Mariners look to get back on track vs. Angels

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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

Jake Fraley is expected to be in the lineup, either in the outfield or at designated hitter, when the Seattle Mariners face the host Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.

With a knee injury expected to keep Kyle Lewis out several weeks, Fraley is among those expected to help fill in for Lewis, along with Jarred Kelenic, Taylor Trammel and Mitch Haniger.

Fraley hit his first career major league home run in Thursday's 6-2 win, getting an assist from team trainer Taylor Bennett. When Fraley was batting in the fourth inning, something flew into his eye.

Fraley tried to call timeout as Angels pitcher Griffin Canning was in his windup, but Fraley's timeout call was not granted. The pitch was a strike and Fraley was in a 1-2 hole.

Bennett came out and administered eye drops for Fraley, who then hit the next pitch from Canning over the fence in right-center field for a home run.

"They were really pumped up for Taylor the trainer," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He got to go out there, get all the TV time and then drop the eye drops. The new eyes in there. Everybody went to him right after the home run, (saying), 'Give me some eye drops.'"

Fraley started in right field in Friday's 3-2 loss and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (3-3, 3.88 ERA) will be on the mound for Seattle, coming off victories in each of his last two starts. He allowed three runs in 12 2/3 innings in those starts against Oakland and Texas. He's lasted at least six innings in six consecutive starts and nine of 10 this season.

Kikuchi owns a 1-3 record with an 11.32 ERA with 10 strikeouts in five appearances -- all starts -- against the Angels in his career.

Right-hander Alex Cobb (3-2, 3.78) will start for Los Angeles. He is coming off his best start of the season, when he tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight.

Cobb throws a lot of splitters and sinkers, and consequently gets ground balls, which makes him rely heavily on the infield defense. Against Oakland, the defense was on point and Cobb excelled.

"It's such a big part of my game to be able to do that. It gives me the ability to stay calm on the mound and continue to be aggressive," Cobb said. "When I have days like (that) when I'm able to manipulate the ball and get it to do what I want it to, then you're able to play the game and do the thinking game with the hitter and set them up different ways. And that's when it becomes fun.

"I'm able to disguise pitches. I'm able to make strikes look like balls and balls look like strikes and get guys to chase, get guys to put the ball on the ground. That's a successful day for me."

Cobb is 3-4 with a 6.41 ERA in nine career starts against the Mariners.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2021

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