Astros vs. Mariners - 9/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (82-73) at Houston Astros (82-74)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
H Iwakuma (16-12) (4.04) vs. C McHugh (12-10) (4.61)
The Line: Houston Astros -122 / Seattle Mariners +112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros begin a crucial three-game series Monday night.
The Seattle Mariners look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Mariners have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Seattle Mariners offense needs to pick up in order to get rolling, and they’ve lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 185 hits, Nelson Cruz has 100 RBI and Kyle Seager has 29 home runs. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the ball, and he’s 16-12 with a 4.04 ERA and 137 strikeouts this season. Iwakuma is 5-6 with a 3.87 ERA and 89 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros look for another win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Astros have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Houston Astros offense has been consistent down the stretch, and they’ve won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 208 hits, George Springer has 79 RBI and Carlos Correa has 20 home runs. Collin McHugh takes the hill, and he’s 12-10 with a 4.61 ERA and 166 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 9-3 with a 3.96 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in Iwakumas last 7 starts. The Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games and 47-23 in McHughs last 70 starts. The Mariners are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Houston and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings overall.
Big series for both clubs in terms of making the wild card. And while both pitchers have had their struggles this season, I have to give the edge to the Astros at home with the way they're swinging the bats. Seattle has had trouble putting runs on the board and that won't fly here on the road.