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Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (46-47) at Houston Astros (62-30)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Sam Gaviglio (3-4) (4.31) vs. B Peacock (7-1) (2.63)

The Line: Houston Astros -195 / Seattle Mariners +183 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest

The Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros meet at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday for game two of their three game division set.

The Seattle Mariners will look to stay hot after winning five straight and six of their last seven following a 9-7 extra innings win in game one on Monday. Mike Zunino led the team, going 2 for 5 with a solo homer, an RBI double and a total of three RBIs in the win. Danny Valencia matched that mark with a solo homer and a double of his own with two RBIs, while Kyle Seager went 3 for 5 with a homer and a pair of RBIs and Nelson Cruz added a solo shot of his own. Jean Segura went 2 for 5 with a double and Ben Gamel added a base knock of his own in the win for Seattle. Ariel Miranda went 5.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Yovani Gallardo threw an inning of relief to get the win, improving to 4-7 this year while Edwin Diaz struck out a pair in the 10th for his 17th save of the year. Sam Gaviglio will start game one and is 3-4 with a 4.31 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gaviglio is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros will try to bounce back after dropping game one on Monday, alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games. Carlos Beltran went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while George Springer matched that run output despite going 0 for 3 at the plate in the loss. Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel and Jake Marisnick each chipped in an RBI with Marisnick going 2 for 4 with a solo homer and a double. Marwin Gonzalez and Josh Reddick each added a double while Brian McCann and Alex Bregman added two hits apiece. Jose Altuve also added a base hit of his own in the losing effort for Houston. Lance McCullers Jr. gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out five over 4.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tony Sipp gave up back-to-back homers in the 10th that ended up being the game-deciding runs, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Brad Peacock will start game two and is 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. In his career, Peacock is 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA and 36 strikeouts against Seattle.

Seattle is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in Gaviglio’s last 6 starts overall. Houston is 3-10 in Peacock’s last 13 home starts and 47-22 in their last 69 games overall while the over is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Houston is 1-4 in Peacock’s last 5 home starts against Seattle.

Houston may still be the favourite to win the AL, but they’ve been somewhat inconsistent even before the all-star break. Seattle is back in one of those grooves where they just find ways to win. Peacock has been a nice story for the ‘Stros, winning each of his last four starts, but I think he’s due for a blow-up, and it could come against a team that he has struggled against in his career like Seattle. Peacock hasn’t been much of a force at home, so the plus money with Seattle is definitely worth a shot here.

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