Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick 8/29/13
Seattle Mariners (59-73) at Houston Astros (44-88)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Erasmo Ramirez (R) (4-1) (5.443) vs. Jordan Lyles (R) (6-6) (5.116)
The Line: Houston Astros +127 / Seattle Mariners -137 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, CSN-Houston
The Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners face-off on Thursday for game one of their AL West series.
The Houston Astros are starting to look like the have a rebuilding plan, but it still seems to be in the early stages. The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 21-44 at home this season, and they are 33.5 games back in the AL West. As a team, the Astros are hitting .241, with Jason Castro hitting .282, Jose Altuve hitting .269, and Matt Dominguez hitting .240. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.86, with the starters at 4.64 and the bullpen at 5.23. For game one against the M’s, the Astros start Jordan Lyles, who has been working out of the bullpen of late. For the season, Lyles has allowed 138 hits and 67 earned runs, while striking out 78 over 117 innings for a 6-6 record and a 5.15 ERA.
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The Seattle mariners have lost six games in a row and while they have had their moments this season, those look to be in the rear view mirror. The Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 28-35 on the road this season, and hey are 18.5 games back in the AL West. As a team, the mariners are hitting .242, with Kendrys Morales hitting .281, Kyle Seagar hitting .277, and Justin Smoak hitting .252. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 4.36, with the starters at 4.28 and the bullpen at 4.51. For game one in Houston, the Mariners start Erasmo Ramirez, who is coming off of a loss in his last start. For the season, Ramirez has allowed 46 hits and 26 earned runs, while striking out 35 over 43 innings for a 4-1 record and a 5.44 ERA.
Houston is 20-44 in their last 64 home games, 14-39 in their last 53 games overall, and 15-44 in Lyles’ last 59 starts. Seattle is 5-1 in their last six games as a road favorite, 2-7 in their last nine game ones of a series, and 5-1 in Ramirez’s last six starts. Seattle is 5-1 in the last six meetings of these two.
Both of these teams are ice-cold and while Seattle has been in a tailspin, it has been against much tougher competition than they face here.