Aaron Sele has picked up a World Series ring since leaving Seattle after the 2001 season, but not much else has gone right for the veteran right-hander.
He’ll try to beat his former teammates when the Anaheim Angels resume a four-game series with the major league-leading Mariners at Safeco Field.
Sele, who went 32-15 during his two seasons in Seattle, including a 15-5 mark during the Mariners’ record-setting 116-win campaign in 2001, has struggled since signing with the Angels as a free agent prior to last season.
He went 8-9 with a 4.89 ERA for Anaheim last year and did not participate in the Angels’ run to their first-ever world championship due to a right rotator cuff injury. This year, Sele began the season on the disabled list while recovering from shoulder surgery.
He has struggled since his return, winning just three of his first seven starts. On Friday, he surrendered five runs and eight hits over 3 2-3 innings in a 7-3 loss to the New York Mets.
“You get frustrated when you don’t help the team,” Sele said. “The approach I’m taking is no different that any other year. You get your good work in between on your side day, work on good mechanics, there’s been a bit of a yo-yo situation, but when if you get back to throwing quality pitches, you’ll be okay.”
The defending champions slipped a season-worst 12 1/2 games behind the Mariners with Tuesday’s 8-4 loss.
The Angels have lost three straight and four of five.
STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 12 1/2 GB, AL West. Mariners - 1st place, AL West.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Sele (3-4, 7.22 ERA). Sele is 3-4 with a 5.72 ERA in 11 career starts against Seattle. He is 17-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 37 career appearances at Safeco Field.
MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Freddy Garcia (7-6, 4.69 ERA). After a rough start, Garcia is pitching like the Mariners’ staff ace, winning four straight starts, including Friday’s 2-1 victory over Atlanta. The right-hander allowed one run and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking two. Garcia has yielded eight earned runs over 30 1-3 innings during his win streak. He is 7-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 12 career starts against Anaheim.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Garret Anderson, .317 avg., 16 HRs and 63 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 44 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs. Mariners - Suzuki, .347 avg.; Boone, 19 HRs, 59 RBIs and 55 runs; Suzuki, 18 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Mariners, 5-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - Angels starters are 26-29 and have a 5.01 ERA this season. … 3B Glaus is in an 0-for-24 slump, dropping his average to .271. He leads the AL All-Star voting at third base. … Anaheim has lost four of its last six on the road. Mariners - OF Suzuki is riding a 13-game hitting streak. He had a career-high 23-game hitting streak as a rookie in 2001. … The Mariners have scored 14 runs in the first two games of the series after scoring only 10 in the first six games of their homestand against Montreal and Atlanta. … Seattle leads the majors with a .989 fielding percentage. The Mariners have committed a league-low 27 errors.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 16-19 on the road; Mariners - 22-14 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Mariners - IF Greg Colbrunn (oblique), 15-day DL; OF John Mabry (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Kazuhiro Sasaki (ribs), 15-day DL.