Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/21/14
Houston Astros (5-13) at Seattle Mariners (7-10)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Dallas Keuchel (L) (1-1) (3.500) vs. Felix Hernandez (R) (3-0) (1.906)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -250 / Houston Astros +230 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, ROOT-NW
Both the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners will look to snap massive losing streaks when they begin a three-game series on Monday.
The Astros have lost seven straight games and have fallen to 5-14 on the season overall. The Astros main struggles have come on the offensive end, as they’ve scored three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Astros have six batters who have struck out at least 15 times. Pitching for Houston will be Dallas Keuchel, who is 1-1 on the season with a 3.50 ERA and has struck out 16 batters in 18 innings. Keuchel is 0-2 with a 2.40 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners.
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The Mariners have lost six games in a row and were just swept by the Miami Marlins. The Mariners are also struggling offensively, scoring just six runs in the three games against the Marlins, while the pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in four of their last six games. The Mariners get good news with Felix Hernandez taking the mound on Monday, as he’s 3-0 on the season with an ERA of 1.91 and has 39 strikeouts in 28.1 innings. In three career starts against the Astros, Hernandez is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.00.
The Astros are 1-4 in Keuchels last 5 road starts and 2-9 in Keuchels last 11 starts overall. The Mariners are 2-5 in Hernandezs last 7 home starts and 4-1 in Hernandezs last 5 starts following a team loss in their previous game. The Astros are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Seattle.
Even with both teams down in the dumps, it's impossible to pick against Hernandez at home. The Astros, a team that can't make contact on the ball, will be lucky to score a run in this matchup.
Take the Mariners as long as the price is fit in your eyes.