Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/4/14
Seattle Mariners (12-15) at Houston Astros (10-19)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Brandon Maurer (R) (0-0) (6.750) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (2-0) (0.587)
The Line: Houston Astros -110 / Seattle Mariners +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, CSN-Houston
The Seattle Mariners go for back to back wins over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Seattle is trying to keep their hot streak going and did so as they bounced back from a series opening loss at Houston to upend the Astros 9-8 on Saturday. The Mariners have won four of five thanks to a big effort at the plate that compensated for some shaky work on the mound. Hisashi Iwakuma was charged with four runs in six frames with Dominic Leone and Yoervis Medina letting in two runs apiece. The bats totaled nine hits and five walks with Justin Smoak going deep and driving in two while Michael Saunders and Robinson Cano knocked in two more. Brandon Mauer gets the call to the mound for the final game of their series at Houston on Sunday. Mauer is looking to rebound from 6-5 loss to Texas with five runs allowed on seven hits in 3.2 frames.
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Houston has probably played as well as they can over the past few weeks with roughly a .500 mark in this span. The problem has been string together wins and missed out on an opportunity in Saturday's 9-8 defeat at the hands of visiting Seattle where the pitching struggled. Dallas Keutchel gave up four runs through six frames before Jose Cisnero and Raul Valdescombined for five runs plated in one inning pitched. The Stros attack produced eleven hits and three walks featuring long balls and five RBI's from Jonathan Villar and Chris Carter. Colin McHugh hopes to contain the Mariners offense on Sunday in the series rubber match. McHugh was sharp in his only two starts with a combined one run scored on five hits over 15.1 frames.
After watching the first two games of this series I say expect the unexpected with these teams because nothing is a surprise. I'm going with Houston but I'm not thrilled with either side...