Mariners vs. Astros - 7/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (49-41) at Seattle Mariners (45-45)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Safeco Field)
L McCullers (4-3) (3.79) vs. H Iwakuma (9-6) (4.25)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -104 / Houston Astros -106 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.
The Houston Astros look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Astros have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Houston Astros offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 13 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 120 hits, George Springer has 52 RBI and Carlos Correa has 14 home runs. Lance McCullers gets the nod, and he’s 4-3 with a 3.79 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Mariners have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 3.95 and have lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 114 hits, Kyle Seager has 61 RBI and Nelson Cruz has 23 home runs. Hisashi Iwakuma takes the hill, and he’s 9-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Iwakuma is 4-6 with a 4.26 ERA and 81 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 16-5 in their last 21 during game 2 of a series and 3-11 in McCullers' last 14 road starts. The Mariners are 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 5-1 in Iwakumas last 6 starts. The Mariners are 0-5 in Iwakumas last 5 starts vs. Astros.
I've been backing the Astros for over a month now and it continues to pay off. When those Houston bats are hot, they're hot, and the Astros instantly become one of the scarier teams in baseball. I'm going to keep riding the hot hand.