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Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 22,057

Mariners aim to solve Shohei Ohtani, Angels in finale

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Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

  1. For the first time in franchise history, the Mariners swept a four-game series in Oakland, holding them to just 23 hits (.181 average). Seattle's last victory made it nine straight wins against the A's, its longest winning streak against Oakland all-time.
  2. The Angels have gone just 3-8 over their last 11 games. Their 3-2 win against Houston last night snapped an eight-game home losing streak, which was the team's longest in a single season since 1994. Their 65 runs scored in the month of September rank last in MLB.
  3. Since 2019, Seattle is 13-11 against the Angels when playing in Anaheim. Seven of those games have been decided by one run -- the Angels are 24-12 (.667) in one-run games this season while the Mariners are 32-18 (.640), which rank first and third respectively in MLB.
  4. Mitch Haniger has a 1.011 OPS versus the Angels this season compared to a .772 OPS when facing all others. His 16 RBI against the Angels are the second most by any player this season (Houston's Kyle Tucker -- 17).
  5. Shohei Ohtani was walked seven times over the final two games of the series against Houston. That is the most all-time for an Angel over any two-game span.
  6. Logan Gilbert has gone from a 9.13 ERA in August (five starts) to a 2.09 ERA in September (four starts). That is the second-lowest ERA in the AL this month (minimum 20.0 IP). Ranking right behind him is LAA's Jose Suarez (2.21 ERA), who will be on the mound tonight as well.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2021 thru 9/26/2021

If the Seattle Mariners are to snap their 20-year postseason drought, they're going to have to go through Shohei Ohtani.

Ohtani damaged Seattle's hopes Saturday with two run-scoring triples and a walk with the bases loaded in the Los Angeles Angels' 14-1 victory in Anaheim, Calif.

That snapped a season-high six-game winning streak for the Mariners (85-70) and dropped them three games behind both Boston and the New York Yankees in the race for the American League's two wild-card playoff berths.

"We've been playing so well but certainly (Saturday) was not our night," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "The best thing our guys can do after a game like this is take a hot shower, get a good night's rest and go out and win the series (Sunday)."

It won't get any easier for the Mariners, as Ohtani (9-2, 3.28 ERA) is scheduled to get the start Sunday. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career starts against Seattle.

Ohtani won his only previous appearance this season against the Mariners on June 4 at home. The two-way sensation allowed two runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts over six innings in a 3-2 victory.

Ohtani also struck out 10 over eight innings last Sunday against Oakland, but didn't get a decision in a 3-2 loss in extra innings.

The Mariners plan to counter with left-hander Marco Gonzales (9-5, 4.14), who has won a career-best eight consecutive decisions since the All-Star break.

Gonzales is 8-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 16 career starts against the Angels. He didn't get a decision in his only previous appearance against them this year, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-3 Seattle victory on July 9.

The Angels (74-81) announced Saturday that three-time AL MVP Mike Trout, who has been out since May 17 with a calf strain, is being shut down for the rest of the season.

"It's been tough for me, but now looking back and learning from everything, this was the biggest injury of my career," Trout said. "It came down to we were trying everything the last month and a half to get back out there. My calf and my body weren't cooperating. It was frustrating. I took a week, 2 1/2 weeks off and I feel almost 100 percent."

Trout hit .333 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs in 36 games this season.

Trout was asked about his take on the MVP race between Ohtani and Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

"(Ohtani's) the MVP, I think. Truly an amazing talent," Trout said. "What Vladdy is doing is unbelievable as well. He's in the race. His numbers are maybe a little bit better than Ohtani's, but then again you look at Vladdy's pitching. I don't think I've seen Vladdy pitch all year.

"It's a tough case to argue because Vladdy has a chance to win the Triple Crown. What Shohei is doing this year is remarkable and he's playing everyday. It's truly fun to watch."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2021

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