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Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros Free Pick 9/9/13

Houston Astros (47-96) at Seattle Mariners (64-78)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Jarred Cosart (R) (1-1) (2.127) vs. Taijuan Walker (R) (1-0) (3.600)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -160 / Houston Astros +150 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Houston, ROOT-Northwest

The Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros face-off on Monday in Seattle in a battle of AL West teams.

The Seattle Mariners haven’t gotten it done this year, but they have assembled a decent young roster of talent to help build for the future. The Mariners are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 33-39 at home this season, and they are 18 games back in the A.L. West. As a team, the Mariners are hitting .242 with Kendrys Morales hitting .282, Kyle Seager hitting .279, and Raul Ibanez hitting .254. For game one against the Astros, Seattle starts Taijuan Walker, who is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA pitching a total of 10 innings and allowing six hits.

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros Free Pick 9/9/13

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The Houston Astros are another team who has gotten younger for the future, but it’s tough to see just how far away they might actually be. The Astros are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 24-47 on the road this season, and they are four games away from being 100 game losers this season. As a team, the Astros are hitting .241, with Jose Altuve hitting .277, Jason Castro hitting .276, and Matt Dominguez hitting .237. For game one against the Twins, Houston starts Jarred Cosart, who is 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA for the season and 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his last three starts.

Seattle is 3-7 in their last 10 games against the A.L. West, 3-8 in their last 11 games as a favorite, and 2-7 in their last nine home games. Houston is 17-47 in their last 64 games, 7-15 in game one of a series, and 1-6 in Cosarts’ last seven road starts. Houston is 1-6 in their last seven games against the Twins.

Seattle is a huge favorite here and I don’t see the M’s being good enough to merit these kind of odds against anyone, so I am going to roll the dice with the Astros in a play that is purely a punt.

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