Aaron Harang has been in baseball for 11 years, but just 44 of his 320 career appearances have come with an American League club. That's partly to blame for his winless record against the Angels, the team he has faced the most without defeating.
He and the Mariners are hoping his recent hot streak can put a stop to that trend.
The veteran right-hander has taken the loss in all of his three career starts against the Angels, each of which came in the first three months of this season. He has 10.03 ERA, having allowed a staggering 26 hits in 11 2/3 innings.
But Harang has been much better of late, thanks to some mechanical adjustments. In his last two starts, the 35-year-old has given up just four runs over 12 innings.
"It does feel sharper," Harang said. "I worked with [pitching coach Carl Willis] down in Tampa and we went over a lot of videos, seeing if there was something I was doing wrong. We found that from the start of my windup, I was mechanically getting too big of a starting -- my first step back, I was shifting my weight so far back I could never get it back to the right balance point to give me a good wind to the plate. Once we figured that out, it just felt like I was staying back on my back leg longer and didn't really get a good wind and wasn't falling off as much to the left like I had been in previous starts."
Harang and the Mariners will face off against Angels righty Jeff Weaver and an Angels squad that has lost 12 of its last 20 games. The Mariners have won 6 of 12 and are 16-17 since the All-Star break.
Weaver found his rhythm after a disappointing June (0-3, 4.40 ERA) with a strong July (4-1, 1.32 ERA), but he is back in trouble this month. He's 2-2 in August, but his ERA over those four games is 6.31.
Weaver's given up 13 runs in his last 11 innings, including four over six innings in his last start against the Indians.
"Location was good, just had one blow-up inning and that ended up being the difference in the game," Weaver said. "A little frustrating, but going to keep working, keep throwing the ball and see if things can turn around."
Weaver's ERA has jumped from 2.84 on July 29 to 3.62.
Mariners: Beating their rivals
Seattle is 14-5 against the AL West since June 22.
• The Mariners have hit 50 homers in the seventh inning or later, which was the most in baseball entering Saturday.
• Kyle Seager has 19 home runs, and he is one shy of becoming the first Seattle player since Raul Ibanez (2005-08) and Adrian Beltre ('06-08) to hit 20 homers in back-to-back seasons.
Angels: Trout ready to start a new streak?
After his streak of 40 consecutive games reaching base was snapped on Friday night (he had missed the previous three with right hamstring tightness), Trout hit a two-run home run in the second inning on Saturday night.
His streak was the longest such active in baseball, and the second longest in Angels history. Trout has walked 28 times over the last 24 games, and has at least one base on balls in 17 of the last 23.
Trout has drawn 21 walks this month. The franchise record for most walks in a month is 28 by Eddie Yost in June 1961.
• With one more home run, Mark Trumbo will be the first Angels player with back-to-back 30 homer seasons since Vlad Guerrero from 2004-06. Only Tim Salmon and Troy Glaus have accomplished the feat with the Angels before turning 28.
• Right-hander Danny Farquhar has recorded four consecutive 1-2-3-inning saves. That's tied for eighth-most in franchise history and the most since Tom Wilhelmsen recorded five straight from June 8-July 2, 2012.
• Twenty-one of the Angels' last 35 games will come on the road. They're in the midst of a 10-day, three-city road trip (2-0 so far) that will also include stops in Tampa Bay and Milwaukee.