Mariners vs. Astros - 9/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (77-70) at Seattle Mariners (78-69)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm (Safeco Field)
M Fiers (10-7) (4.70) vs. J Paxton (4-6) (3.97)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -130 / Houston Astros +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners play game two of their series Saturday night.
The Houston Astros could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Astros have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Houston Astros offense continues to show up daily, and they’ve won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 196 hits, George Springer has 76 RBI and Carlos Correa has 19 home runs. Mike Fiers gets the ball, and he’s 10-7 with a 4.64 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. Fiers is 0-0 with a 7.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners have lost back-to-back games just once this month. The Mariners have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 14 games. The Seattle Mariners offense has been consistent during their recent stretch, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 176 hits, Kyle Seager has 93 RBI and Nelson Cruz has 37 home runs. James Paxton takes the hill, and he’s 4-6 with a 3.97 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Paxton is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 1-4 in their last 6 vs. American League West and 4-1 in Fiers' last 5 starts. The Mariners are 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games and 5-13 in Paxtons last 18 starts. The Astros are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Mariners offense isn't going to stink again, as they've been the hottest team this month and still have a real shot at the playoffs. The Astros also have to prove they can play well back-to-back contests. Not to mention Fiers isn't good. I like Seattle at home for the cheap price.