Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/21/14
Seattle Mariners (83-70) at Houston Astros (67-87)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (14-8) (3.422) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (10-9) (2.664)
The Line: Houston Astros +123 / Seattle Mariners -133 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-NW, CSN-HOU
The Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros play a rubber game Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
The Seattle Mariners have lost five of their last eight games and certainly aren’t helping their playoff chances. The Mariners pitching staff has allowed 15 runs in this series and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. Overall, the Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 3.04, which is the best in baseball, and they’ve lost four of their last five games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Kyle Seager has three hits in this series and Logan Morrison has a six-game hitting streak. Starting is Hisashi Iwakuma, who is 14-8 with a 3.42 ERA and has 142 strikeouts in 168.1 innings. Iwakuma is 4-3 with a 3.06 ERA in eight career starts against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros have lost six of their last nine games and are 19 games below a .500 record. Despite scoring 10 runs in Saturday’s win, the Astros have been held to three or less runs in six of their last nine games and have lost five of their last six when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve has five hits in this series and Chris Carter has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.14, which is 25th in the majors. Collin McHugh takes the hill, and he’s 10-9 with a 2.66 ERA and has 151 strikeouts in 148.2 innings. McHugh is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA in four career starts against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 10-3 in Iwakumas last 13 road starts and 6-2 in Iwakumas last 8 starts overall. The Astros are 5-0 in McHughs last 5 home starts and 4-0 in McHughs last 4 starts overall.
Look for the M's to break out of their funk here, as they need the win to better their odds of making the playoffs.