Mariners vs. Astros - 4/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (5-6) at Seattle Mariners (4-7)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
A Wojciechowski (0-1) (4.50) vs. H Iwakuma (0-1) (6.55)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -172 / Houston Astros +162 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros face off on Monday at Safeco Field in game one of their MLB series of AL West teams.
The Seattle Mariners have struggled early but they looked to have turned things around recently and hope it is a sign of things to come. The Mariners are a game back in the AL West and have won their last two games. As a team the Mariners are hitting .226 with Nelson Cruz hitting .354, Kyle Seager hitting .283, and Robinson Cano hitting .280. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 4.50 with the starters at 5.43 and the bullpen at 2.92. For game one against the Astros the Mariners start Hisashi Iwakuma who has allowed 15 hits and eight earned runs while striking out eight over 11 innings for a 0-1 record and a 6.55 ERA.
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The Houston Astros are .500 for the season but that is good enough for first place in the AL West. The Astros have won their last two games, and they are 2-1 on the road this season. As a team the Astros are hitting .202 with Jose ALtuve hitting .320, Luis Valbuena hitting .211, and Jed Lowrie hitting .205. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 2.80 with the starters at 3.29 and the bullpen at 2.02. For game one at Seattle the Astros start Asher Wojciechowski who has allowed 10 hits and four earned runs while striking out six over 8.0 innings for a 0-1 record and 4.50 ERA.
Seattle is 2-4 in their last six games, 6-0 in games with the total set at 6.5 or lower, and 1-4 in Iwakuma’s last five starts as a favorite. Houston is 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog, 1-5 against a right-handed starter, and 2-5 in Monday games. Houston is 4-1 in their last five games in Seattle.
The Mariners showed real guts this past weekend and I look for it to carry over here as while the trends suggest Houston, I like the Mariners to get the win.