Houston Astros (9-5) at Seattle Mariners (13-3)
April 13, 2019, 9:10 PM ET (T-Mobile Park)
Spread: Astros (-115) O/U (-0.5) Mariners (+105) O/U: (+1.5) Total: (8.5)
Free MLB Expert Pick Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners
This is the second game between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners in their second series of the season. Both teams came into this series riding six-game winning streaks, but it was the Astros who prevailed behind two grand slams last night in its 10-6 win, to extend its streak to seven. Seattle got out to an early 3-0 lead but it was Houston’s, George Springer who hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 3-2. Jose Altuve and Yuli both hit grand slams. This second game should be interesting and here is my preview for tonight’s game.
The Astros are coming off a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees, a first for the Houston franchise. Second baseman Jose Altuve hit four home runs in the series. The Astros hit two grand slams in last night’s game. Altuve did it first, extending his record to four consecutive games with a home run. With three homers in the previous sweep of the series against the Yankees, that makes six on the season for him. Yuli Guirrel hit the second grand slam in the eighth. Wade Miley threw 41 pitches just in the first inning, as he struggled against Seattle. He played until he was replaced with Brad Peacock (2-0). They combined to pitch 7 ⅓ innings, giving up seven hits with nine strikeouts. They held the Mariners hitless for four innings; with the 14 batters during that stretch, one reached base by a walk. Roberto Osuna earned the save. Justin Verlander (1-0, 4.24 ERA) will be taking the mound for the Astros. He has a 12-9 record against the Mariners and the last game he played back in August, he gave up six runs and two hits in two innings.
The Mariners are back home after a road trip where they went 6-1. They came into the game, winning six straight. In the past seven games, Daniel Vogelbach has been hitting .462, 12-for-26 with six homers and 11 RBI. Seattle has homered in all 16 games, with Tom Murphy extending that record with a solo homer in the ninth, despite the loss. It’s a record-breaking number that the 2002 Cleveland Indians held at 14. Also, the Mariners are tied with the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals with 37 total homers so far this season. No other franchise has scored six or more runs in 13 of its first 15 games. Lefty Wade LeBlanc (2-0, 4.76 ERA) is 1-1 in 10 appearances, six of them starts against the Astros, and has a 5.65 ERA. He had to leave during the fifth when he injured his oblique and reliever Shawn Armstrong came in. Felix Hernandez (1-0, 4.26 ERA) will take the mound for the Mariners tonight. The last game he played against the Kansas City Royals he came out with virus-like symptoms.
Cover the Spread Stats
- Houston is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Seattle
- Houston is 4-2 SU in its last six games when playing Seattle
- Houston is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Seattle
- The total has gone OVER in four of Houston’s last five games when playing on the road against Seattle
- Houston is 5-1 SU in its last six games when playing on the road against Seattle
- Seattle is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Houston
- Seattle is 2-4 SU in its last six games when playing Houston
- Seattle is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games when playing at home against Houston
- Seattle is 1-5 SU in its last six games when playing at home against Houston
- The total has gone OVER in four of Seattle’s last five games when playing at home against Houston
Free MLB Expert Pick Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros
Tonight’s game should be a low scorer but watch for Verlander and the Astors to prevail again and win tonight to extend its winning streak. In the last series, the Mariners got the edge up against the Astros but it looks like Houston is trying to pay it back with its own sweep.