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Astros vs. Mariners - 4/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (9-11) at Houston Astros (14-7)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

J Paxton (0-2) (4.58) vs. S Feldman (2-2) (4.81)

The Line: Houston Astros -117 / Seattle Mariners +107 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Southwest, ROOT-Northwest

The Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners face off on Thursday at Minute Maid Park for game one of their MLB series of AL West teams.

The Houston Astros are one of the big stories this season as they lead the AL West. The Astros are 9-1 in their last 10 games, 4-5 at home, and they have won their last six games. As a team the Astros are hitting .239 with Jose Altuve hitting .355, Jed Lowrie Hitting .300, and Colby Rasmus hitting .254. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 3.11 with the starters at 3.55 and the bullpen at 2.27. For game one against the Mariners the Astros start Scott Feldman who has allowed 26 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 14 over 24.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 4.81 ERA.

Astros vs. Mariners - 4/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seattle Mariners were one of the early favorites to win the AL West and they are coming into this series as winners of their last three games. The Mariners are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 5-4 on the road this season, and they trail the Astros by four games in the AL West standings. As a team the Mariners are hitting .234 with Nelson Cruz hitting .337, Brad Miller hitting .281, and Kyle Seager hitting .267. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 4.08 with the starters at 4.32 and the bullpen at 3.66. For game one against the Astros the Mariners start James Paxton who has allowed 25 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 19 over 19.2 innings for a 0-2 record and a 6.86 ERA.

Houston is 7-1 against the AL West, 4-1 at home against a left-handed starter, and 0-6 in Feldman’s last six starts in game one of a series. Seattle is 6-2 against the AL West, 2-6 in their last eight games as an underdog, and 0-4 in Paxton’s last four road starts. Seattle is 12-4 in their last 16 games in Houston.

I like Houston to continue their winning here but I expect this one to be competitive and while I like it I don’t love it.

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Houston Astros -120

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