Shohei Ohtani makes Under the play

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It has been a disappointing year to this point for the Los Angeles Angels, but Shohei Ohtani has emerged as an AL MVP candidate and will look to have a good start on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

In seven starts, Ohtani has a 2.72 ERA and 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings while allowing three runs or fewer six times. But he also has walked 6.4 batters per nine innings, and the Angels lost all four of his starts in May.

The Angels’ offense have been lackluster recently, entering this series having scored four runs or fewer in five of their past six games. They’ve also shown a lack of patience at the plate, with their 2.6 walks per nine innings ranking last in the majors. Seattle’s 2.65 walks per game on the road ranks 25th, which should help Ohtani.

The Mariners entered the series ranked 27th in runs per game with 3.75 and last in batting average, while the Angels scored a combined five runs in Ohtani’s four May starts. So both offenses will be in for a long night in Anaheim.

The play: Mariners-Angels total, Under.

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