Byrd is 6-0 with a 1.52 ERA in six career starts against Seattle, including a 3-0 mark with a 1.59 ERA in three outings this season. His latest win over the Mariners came on Sept. 2 when he surrendered one run and five hits over eight innings in a 4-1 victory.
”(Byrd) has always been that kind of pitcher, trying to trick you, keep the ball low, in and out,” Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre said. “He threw a lot of strikes, worked it inside and out, threw breaking balls for strikes behind in the count.”
The veteran right-hander enters with a 14-inning scoreless streak after yielding four hits over seven innings in a 3-0 win at Boston last Thursday. Byrd has won two straight starts after being winless in his previous seven outings.
Los Angeles had its four-game winning streak snapped with an 8-1 loss on Monday. The Angels managed only four hits and did not score after the first inning.
The loss cut the Angels’ lead to one game over Oakland in the AL West race.
Mariners catcher Dan Wilson, sidelined most of this season by a knee injury, announced that he will retire after this season. Wilson was cheered when he took out the lineup card before Monday’s game and indicated that he wanted to get one final at-bat to cap his career before the season ends.
“If we’re going to do it, it’ll be at home,” Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. “I don’t see much sense in doing it on the road.”
Opposing Byrd will be Mariners right-hander Ryan Franklin, who is winless in his last six starts, going 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA. Franklin’s 14 losses are tied with Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook for the third-highest total in the AL.
Franklin is 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA in four starts against the Angels this season. The 32-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 13.54 ERA in two home starts against Los Angeles this year, failing to pitch past the fifth inning each time.