Los Angeles Angels Anaheim (72-61) @ Seattle Mariners (56-76)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Joel Pineiro (5-6, 5.37 ERA) SEA – Blake Beavan (3-4, 4.14 ERA)
Game Info: 7:10 PM PT; TV - FS-W; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
Despite what the majority thinks of the Angels @ Rangers series the past weekend, the Angels did in fact get the job done. Pulling 1 win out of Texas to stay a close 3 games back puts this team in striking distance of the Rangers while they go off to face Hellickson and the Tampa Bay Rays while the Angels go on to face the lowly Mariners in Seattle. After yesterdays tough loss to the Rangers the Angels need to pick up today's win to keep the gap from widening any more if the Rangers do end up pulling a victory out of Tampa. Unfortunately for the Angels they are in no better position tonight, as they are entrusting Joel Pineiro to tighten the gap in the AL West.
I just can't trust Pineiro with today's game, not with the way he's been pitching this season. At an almost Kazmirian level Pineiro has managed to lose games for the Halo's that should have been victories, I don't have enough fingers to count how many times he's cost the Angels a game in the standings. Hopefully today will be a different story, because Pineiro's job could very well be on the line today. I doubt Scioscia would enjoy Pineiro giving up an unhealthy amount of runs in a follow up game as important as this one. That being said,