Houston Looks to Maintain Dominant Form against Seattle (08/09/2018)
Vegas Odds and MLB Picks: Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
The Houston Astros will attempt to maintain their winning allure and will strive to notch their third straight win as they get ready to lock horns with the Seattle Mariners. The two AL West division rivals are scheduled to compete in the first installment of a four-game series set to be broadcasted on the MLB network Thursday at 8:05 p.m. ET and live from Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The Astros, who lead the division by 5 games over the Athletics, enter this affair as a -168 home favorite, according to Bovada Sportsbook, with the total sitting on 6.5 runs. LH James Paxton (9-5, 3.51 ERA) will attempt to recover from latest loss as he takes the hill for the Mariners while RH Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.19 ERA) will look for his 200th career victory as he gets the call for the Astros.
Paxton has been sharp since coming back from the disabled list on July 30 as he has produced two quality starts since the lower back injury. The 29-year old allowed three runs across eight hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings in a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays back on Saturday. The Canada native is 6-3 with a 2.59 ERA in 11-career starts against the Astros.
Verlander, who will looking for his 200th career victory on Thursday, has been spot on of late as he has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his last six outings. The 35-year old allowed a run on four hits with a walk and tied a season-high 14 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in a 2-1 win against the Dodgers. The Virginia native is 12-8 with a 3.01 ERA in 24-career starts against the Mariners.
Prediction: Houston 6 – Seattle 2
Team record: 65-50 SU
Seattle is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Seattle is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle’s last 8 games
Team record: 73-42 SU
Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games
Seattle at Houston Friday, August 10