Seattle Mariners (47-65) vs. Houston Astros (71-40)
August 3rd at 7:10 ET (Minute Maid Park)
ML: Seattle Mariners (+180) Houston Astros (-200)
RL: Seattle Mariners (+1.5) Houston Astros (-1.5) O/U: 10.5
The Astros didn't have to go big at the trade deadline. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow tossed that approach away, and instead scored big time. Trading for ace RHP Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a package of prospects that feature four of the Astros Top 30 prospects. An aggressive trade for a team looking to pick up its 2nd World Series trophy in three years. Luhnow didn't stop there. He added a reclamation project in Aaron Sanchez, who is a couple years removed from being the AL ERA champion. Sanchez, was packaged with a solid bullpen arm in Joe Biagni. The last move that was made was reacquiring C Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs for utility man Tony Kemp. While others in the competitive American League made no notable moves, the Astros have positioned themselves well for another late October push.
While the Astros are gearing up for the playoffs, the Seattle Mariners are headed in the opposite direction. Sell, sell, and sell some more. They traded away Hunter Strickland, Roenis Elias, and Mike Leake. They also traded away Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce prior to the trade deadline. The Mariners have the most active GM in Jerry Dipoto, who isn't afraid to make deals happen. They added some more prospect talent to an already deep farm system. It was recently ranked #9 by Bleacher Report. Now, the Mariners will have to let young talent develop while having their fair share of disappointment of the big league level.
The Mariners got off to a scorching 13-2 start to the season. Many were shocked, yet skeptical that they would continue their hot streak. Skepticism was the right reaction. The Mariners have fell back to earth since and are sporting a 47-65 record, well out of a playoff spot. There were valid reasons as to why their team did so well early on. Breakout players such as Daniel Vogelbach, Domingo Santana, and Tim Beckham were carrying the offensive load. Especially Vogelbach and Santana who are run producers and home run hitters. Each of them has hit 20+ homers. Their pitching wasn't great but it got the job done. Although, after trading away multiple pitchers at the deadline, only one player on the Mariners pitching staff has an ERA below 4.00.
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