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Game Preview 9/6/11: The Pattern of the King – Mariners @ Angels

Mariners Logo @ Angels Logo

Seattle Mariners (58-82) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (77-64)

Pitching Probables: SEA – Felix Hernandez (13-11, 3.27 ERA)  LAA – Ervin Santana (11-9, 3.27 ERA)

Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV – Fox Sports West; Radio – KLAA 830 AM

Seeing King Felix as the opposing pitcher is never a fun feeling, even if the Mariners are a terrible team.  The Angels need all of the wins they can get, so it would have been nice if they could avoid one of the best pitchers in a league.  There is good news, when you look at the last two seasons of Felix Hernandez starting against the Halos, a pattern emerges that is strongly in the Angels’ favor.  Check out the results in reverse chronological order:

8/31/11: Angels lose 2-1

8/7/11: Angels win 2-1

7/10/11: Angels win 4-2

9/11/10: Angels win 7-4

8/31/10: Angels lose 3-1

7/16/10: Angels win 3-2

5/29/10: Angels win 5-1

5/7/10: Angels win 8-0

As you can see, the games are mostly close, but there is the more important “Angels win three then lose one” pattern that emerges.  This is almost assuredly a fluke and probably has more to do with Seattle being awful than Felix himself, but if the pattern hold true, the Angels are in great shape, so I choose to believe in the pattern.