Houston Astros (10-6) vs Seattle Mariners (8-5)
MLB: Monday, April 16th, 2018, 10:10 PM ET (Safeco Field)
Dallas Kuechel (0-2) vs James Paxton (0-1)
Line & Odds: Astros -122 / Mariners +112 – Over/Under: 8
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The Houston Astros (10-6) are coming into this game following two consecutive extra inning losses. Overall the reigning MLB champs have dropped four out of their last five games. They’re coming into this four game series in Seattle looking to turn things around. The recent Astros struggles, hasn’t necessarily fallen on their pitching staff, rather their bats have gone cold at the plate. Starting on the hill for the Astros tonight will be Dallas Keuchel. He’s started the season off on the wrong foot, going 0-2 in his three starts. Keuchel has been one of the more dominant throwers in the MLB over the past 4-5 years, so I expect him to settle in here pretty soon. At the plate, the Astros, are led by none other than the reigning 2017 AL MVP, Jose Altuve. To steal the phrase of Marcus Stroman, “Height dont measure heart.” Altuve, standing at 5’6″ has taken the MLB by storm the past couple of years, on his way to becoming the best second baseman in the league. He’s leading Houston with a batting average of .344 and an OBP of .406. Ultimately, if Kuechel can settle in and go 7+ innings, Houston has a shot to get back to their winning ways.
The Seattle Mariners (8-5) are trending in the opposite direction as Houston. Seattle is coming into this series winning four out of their last five games. They were riding the wave of a four game winning streak until dropping last night’s contest to the Oakland A’s 2-1. Robinson Cano has been a near impossible out for opposing pitchers so far this year. Cano has a truly remarkable stat line of a .405 batting average and a .560 OBP. He’s reached base 26 times out of his 37 at bats this year, which is truly insane. Robinson ranks 2nd in the MLB in both of those statistical categories, trailing only Joe Mauer in both spots. Another bright spot for the Mariners this season has been closer, Edwin Diaz, who leads the league with six saves, in as many opportunities. In his seven appearances this year, Diaz has thrown seven innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and no runs, while striking out 14. He has truly been remarkable this year. If the Mariners have the lead going into the top of the 9th, expect to have this one in the bag.
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Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston’s last 10 games
Houston is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Seattle’s last 12 games
Seattle is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
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Both of the starting pitchers for today’s game have been shaky at best all year. It will be interesting to see which one of them is able to settle in and give their team the upper hand. Even though the Mariners are at home, I expect Kuechel to settle in and pitch 7+ effective innings for Houston tonight. If Kuechel gets some much needed run support, I predict Houston will take this one. This will be a close game, but after coming off of two heart breaking losses, the Astros are due for a win. I believe that win comes against Seattle tonight. Im taking the Astros straight up at -122.