The Los Angeles Angels (20-25) and Seattle Mariners (21-25) will open up a four-game American League West series on Thursday night at Safeco Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 ET

Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are 4-0 in SP Jason Vargas' last four starts as a home underdog

Los Angeles did just enough offensively to capture a 3-1 extra-innings road win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon, but the clubhouse is still grinding away to put everything together.  “Obviously, we haven’t played to the level we need to or want to,” stated Angels manager Mike Scioscia.  The Angels have scored just 162 runs this season, which is the second-worst mark in the AL.  Los Angeles is 5-10 against left-handed starters this year, with the “under” going 12-3 in those contests.

Angels starting pitcher Dan Haren (1-5, 4.37 ERA) will look to put an end to his four-game losing streak, which includes a 3-2 setback on the road to the San Diego Padres last time out, giving up three runs and six hits over 6.2 innings of work.  The right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA in four road outings, as opposing hitters are batting .300 against him.  In 19 career starts versus the Mariners, Haren has compiled a fantastic 10-5 record and 2.60 ERA, including a 4-2 mark and 2.27 ERA in nine outings at this ball park.

Seattle opened its seven-game homestand by taking two of three from the first-place Texas Rangers, including a 5-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon.  The Mariners’ pitching staff limited one of the league’s best lineups to just seven runs and 16 hits over the course of the series.  Offensively, the team is still trying to find its way at the plate, entering yesterday’s series finale with the second-worst batting average in the league (.233).  Seattle is 8-6 against divisional opponents this year, but are 46-82 in that role since the start of the 2010 campaign.

Mariners starting pitcher Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.34 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last four outings, as he comes off a 10-3 road win over the Colorado Rockies last time out.  The left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in three home outings this year, while not allowing a single home run in 21.1 combined innings.  In 10 career games (nine starts) versus the Angels, Vargas has compiled an even 3-3 mark and 2.39 ERA, which includes a 1-1 record and 2.25 ERA in three outings in 2011.

Bettors will likely back the Mariners due to their 4-0 record in Vargas’ last four efforts as a home underdog, while the Angels are 0-4 in Haren’s last four starts as a favorite.

Pick: Seattle Mariners +107

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