FRIDAY, 8/23: Garrett Richards vs. Felix Hernandez: Hail to the King, Baby.
Even though the Angels have been wildly successful against King Felix during his career so it doesn't feel like the Angels will have enough steam in the engines to take him out one last time before the end of the season. While the season has been insanely disappointing the Angels are usually able to come through against the King. Now that they have nothing to play for, I'm not so sure things will be the same. Look for Richards to build on his past few starts, which have been slightly shaky and awesome at the same time.
SATURDAY, 8/24: Jason Vargas vs. Erasmo Ramirez: Third time's the charm.
Erasmo Ramirez has pitched almost as badly as his Marvel-supervillian sounding name would lead you to believe. His ERA is just south of 6, yet he hasn't had a loss all season. This is the kind of anomaly that preys on the Angels, especially with struggling lefty Vargas on the mound. Even though he's had two starts since coming off the DL they haven't nearly been the quality the Angels desire. Hopefully he can straighten up against a team as bad as the Mariners, though it should be said the M's are currently ahead of the Angels in the standings. That means the Angels a whole lot worse
SUNDAY, 8/25: Jered Weaver vs. Aaron Harang: Ha Ha-Harang
Jered Weaver, despite his 9 ER start. has pitched rather strongly as of late. With Aaron Harang on the mound and the Seattle Mariners at the plate it's looking like Weaver might find easy pickings out of this one. Harang has always struggled against the Angels, especially at Safeco Field. Here's to hoping the Angels can pound Harang hard enough to give Weaver the chance to get a much needed win, otherwise the Ha-Ha might be on us.
The index reading for this series is: stubbing your toe, breaking your foot, and being carjacked on the way to the hospital within the span of 15 minutes.
The last few series have been a menagerie of pain for the Halos. After nearly getting swept by the Yankees they just avoided a sweep by the Astros, and will likely just miss getting swept by the Mariners. Even though the Angels might have the advantage in terms of starting pitching matchups going into the series we all know how these things turn out. Look for the pain train to speed on ahead at full capacity. It won't stop for anything.