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Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 9/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (73-73) at Houston Astros (87-58)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

J Paxton (12-3) (2.78) vs. C Morton (11-7) (3.86)

The Line: Houston Astros -120 / Seattle Mariners +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATSW, RTNW

Down at Minute Maid Park on Friday, the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Mariners just finished up a four-game set against the Rangers. Seattle lost the first game but came back to win the next two. On Thursday the Mariners bagged a 10-4 win. 

Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 9/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Seattle will be bringing out LHP James Paxton on Friday. In his 119.2 innings and 12-3 record this year, Paxton has a 2.78 ERA with 138 Ks and 33 BBs. 

The Mariners have some key bats this year. Robinson Cano came into Thursday on 149 hits, 71 runs, 21 homers and 88 RBI while Jean Segura had 143 hits, 75 runs, 10 homers and 42 RBI. In Thursday's game, Cano plated a run; Segura had one hit and one run. 

As for the Astros, they’re fresh off a series versus the Angels. The two teams split the first pair of games, then on Thursday Houston bagged a 5-2 victory. 

The Astros will be bringing out RHP Charlie Morton for the Friday start. In his 128.1 innings and 11-7 record this year, Morton has a 3.86 ERA with 147 Ks and 48 BBs. 

The Astros have some interesting hitters as well. Jose Altuve managed 190 hits, 99 runs, 23 homers and 76 RBI heading into Thursday while George Springer had 142 hits, 98 runs, 31 homers and 76 RBI. Springer and Altuve (who scored a run) combined to go 0-for-7 on Thursday. 

The Mariners are 4-0 in the last four Friday games and 4-0 in Paxton’s last four road starts. Seattle is also 7-1 in Paxton’s last eight starts and 5-1 in Paxton’s last six Friday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 7-2 in their last nine Friday games and 5-2 in Morton’s last seven starts with five days’ rest. Houston is also 12-5 in their last 17 games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15 and 3-11 in their last 14 games versus a left-handed starter. 

Paxton is on a great run of nine straight quality starts. In that time he’s 7-1, and the lone loss came way back on June 27. The one drawback here is that Paxton hasn’t pitched in the Majors since August 10, but if he comes back firing like he was before the Mariners have a great shot at a win. I’ll take Seattle.

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