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Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - 9/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (82-53) at Seattle Mariners (68-68)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 4, 2017 at 6:40 pm (Safeco Field)

D Keuchel (11-3) (2.91) vs. E Ramirez (5-4) (4.43)

The Line: Seattle Mariners +145 / Houston Astros -160 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest

The Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners face off in game one of a three game AL West division set from Safeco Field on Monday.

The Houston Astros will look to build on their current four game winning streak after completing the sweep of the Mets, including an 8-6 victory in the series finale on Sunday. Josh Reddick and Cameron Maybin each logged three RBIs, with Maybin knocking out a three run home run. Carlos Correa and George Springer each added RBIs to round out the scoring for the ‘Stros, while Tyler White went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Tony Kemp added a double while Alex Bregman went 2 for 5 at the dish in the win. Mike Fiers gave up all six runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Will Harris got the win to improve to 3-2 this season, while Chris Devenski threw two innings of relief, walking a pair and striking out three, but closing the door for his 4th save of the year. Dallas Keuchel will start game one and is 11-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 6-5 with a 2.82 ERA and 78 strikeouts against Seattle.

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - 9/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seattle Mariners will look for a big win for their playoff hopes after sweeping Oakland over the weekend, including a 10-2 rout in the series finale on Sunday. Robinson Cano led the charge by going 4 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs. Mitch Haniger added two RBIs, going 4 for 5 at the dish with a homer and a rouble, while Carlos Ruiz added a solo homer and a double of his own. Ben Gamel, Yonder Alonso and Nelson Cruz each contributed an RBI, while Jean Segura went 3 for 4 with a double. Kyle Seager and Guillermo Heredia each added base hits in the winning effort for the M’s. Andrew Albers got the win, improving to 3-1 this season after giving up just one run on one hit while striking out five over six innings of work. Erasmo Ramirez will start the opener and is 5-5 with a 4.43 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ramirez is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 26 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 9-1 in Keuchel’s last 10 road starts and 4-9 in their last 13 road games while the under is 9-3-2 in their last 14 division matchups. Seattle is 8-17 in Ramirez’s last 25 starts and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 5-2-1 in Ramirez’s last 8 home starts. Houston is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Seattle.

I really really wanted to take Seattle here to keep their push for the wild card going, but everything points to Houston here. They’ve got their ace on the mound, and have won 9 of his last 10 starts on the road, facing Ramirez, whom Seattle has won just one of his last eleven matchups against the AL West. I’ll take Houston to draw first blood on Monday.

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