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Paxton, Bridwell get nod for Mariners, Angels

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Angels lead the season series against the Mariners, 10-6, include 4-2 at home. Los Angeles has swept Seattle 20 times over the past 15 seasons, tied for the most by an AL team versus a single opponent during that span (Twins over White Sox).
  2. The Mariners have hit a home run in their last eight games, bringing their total to 42 for the month, which is tied for the third-most in September by Seattle all-time (1997 -- 48; also his 42 in September last season).
  3. Since his debut in 2014, Marco Gonzalez has an opponent batting average of .337 as a starter, the highest in MLB (minimum 250 batters faced as starter). In his only career start against the Angels (August 11, 2017), Gonzales allowed four hits and one run in 4.1 innings.
  4. Tyler Skaggs is 1-2 in six career starts against the Mariners with an ERA of 4.67. Current Seattle players are batting .322 (28/87) against Skaggs. Notably, Robinson Cano is 7-for-15 (.467) and Nelson Cruz is 1-for-15 (.067).
  5. Nelson Cruz is just the fifth Mariner all-time and the first since Raul Ibanez (2006-08) to record 150+ hits and 100+ RBIs in back-to-back seasons. Cruz has recorded a hit in seven of his last eight games.
  6. Andrelton Simmons is batting .264 (14/53) over his last 15 games after batting .197 (12/61) in his previous 15 games. Simmons has a .167 career batting average against Seattle, his worst against any opponent.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/29/2017 thru 10/1/2017

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton hopes to end the season on a high note for the team and himself on Sunday afternoon.

Paxton (12-5, 3.12 ERA) will take the mound in the season finale against the Los Angeles Angels and attempt to regain the form he had in July, when he became the first Seattle pitcher to win six games in any calendar month.

"I decided that my body feels great and my innings aren't an issue, so I want to run it out there one more time and go get'em," he told the Seattle Times on Friday. "For me, the more innings I can get, the better. It gives me one more start to feel good about where I'm at coming into next season."

Paxton is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in three starts since missing five weeks with a strained left pectoral muscle, which occurred in his last start against the Angels on Aug. 10.

He was a different pitcher this summer, posting a 6-0 record and 1.37 ERA in the month of July with 46 strikeouts and six walks, earning AL pitcher of the month honors.

Paxton has made 10 career starts against the Angels, owning a 4-2 mark with a 2.26 ERA.

He started his month of July by allowing one earned run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 5-3 victory in Anaheim. He walked a season-high five batters against the Angels on May 2 and didn't receive a decision in the 6-4 loss.

In his last start against the Angels, he allowed three runs and five hits before leaving with one out in the seventh with the pectoral injury. C.J. Cron and Andrelton Simmons homered off Paxton in that game, but he did not receive the decision in the 6-3 loss.

Seattle manager Scott Servais said he and Paxton talked about Sunday's start before making the decision.

"He just wants to go out there one more time and finish off the season," Servais said. "I certainly respect him and want him to feel good about going out there."

The Angels have been very successful when Parker Bridwell (9-3, 3.87) is the starting pitcher. They're 17-3 in games pitched by Bridwell and 2-1 against Seattle.

Bridwell gave up five runs and a season-high 11 hits in in six innings of a 10-0 loss to the Mariners on June 30, but was solid in his other two outings and is 1-1 overall with a 4.00 ERA against Seattle this season.

Bridwell began the season in Triple-A, but has become one of the most reliable pitchers for Los Angeles.

"Parker has enough stuff that he's not a fluke," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "He's not one-dimensional. He's not doing (just) one thing and the league hasn't caught up to him. He's got a lot of things he does with the baseball."

Updated October 1, 2017

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