Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick – 8/31/13

Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick - 8/31/13
2013-08-31 06:10:00 EDT

The Seattle Mariners eye their third straight win at the Houston Astros to end August Saturday.

Seattle cruised past Houston 7-1 on Friday night. The Astros led 1-0 on first baseman Justin Smoak’s error, allowing Jonathan Villar to come home. However, a frame later Dustin Ackley’s single and Abraham Almonte’s fielder’s choice propelled the M’s in front.

Seattle struck for three more runs the next inning off that bat of Kyle Seager and Ackley. Almonte and Ackley added really late RBI-singles for the Mariners, who got five frames from Taijuan Walker (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

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Joe Saunders (10-13, 5.09 ERA) shows up next for Seattle on the rubber. Saunders has lost five of his last six decisions, however is 5-7 on the road. Saunders’ defeats have seen him concede 38 runs, 37 earned, during 36 innings. In Saunders’ away victories, the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Houston, Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers tallied nine runs, eight earned, during 32 frames.

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The Astros were also beaten 3-0 by Saunders April 8 at Safeco Field. Saunders went 6.1 scoreless innings. At Mnute Maid on April 24, though, Houston parked in eight runs during eight frames to hand Saunders a 10-3 defeat. Saunders won 10-7 June 19 at Minute Maid, yielding three runs during 5.1 innings. Against Saunders, the Astros are 24-of-64, with nine RBIs, a pair apiece from Brandon Barmes, Matt Dominguez and J.D. Martinez.

Meanwhile, Houston has fallen in five of Dallas Keuchel’s (5-7, 4.82 ERA) five starts in August and 10 of his 12 outings overall. At Minute Maid Park, the Astros are 4-11 when Keuchel takes the baseball. Keuchel’s victories at Minute Maid have come over Baltimore, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, conceding seven runs during 19 frames.

In Keuchel’s defeats in Houston, foes have landed in 21 runs, 20 easrned, during 23.2 innings. The Astros won 8-3 at Safeco Field April 10, with Keuchel tossing two empty frames. The M’s beat Keuchel 3-2 in Seattle June 10, driving in two runs, one earned, during six innings. The Mariners are 7-of-28 versus Keuchel, with RBIs from Raul Ibanez and Michael Morse.

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