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Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - 4/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (10-6) at Seattle Mariners (8-5)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

D Keuchel (0-2) (4.20) vs. J Paxton (0-1) (5.74)

The Line: Seattle Mariners +120 / Houston Astros -130 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATSW, RTNW

The Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners meet Monday in MLB action at Safeco Field.

The Houston Astros could use a bounce back victory after losing four of their last five games. The Astros have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 11 games. The Houston Astros have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 21 hits and four RBI while Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa have combined for 28 hits and 16 RBI. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 4.20 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 8-5 with a 2.70 ERA and 87 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.

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Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - 4/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seattle Mariners look for a big victory here after winning five of their last seven games. The Mariners have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Seattle Mariners have won seven straight games when scoring more than two runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 18 hits and seven RBI while Dee Gordon and Kyle Seager have combined for 33 hits and 15 RBI. James Paxton gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Paxton is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 13-3 in their last 16 vs. American League West, 19-7 in their last 26 Monday games and 0-4 in Keuchels last 4 road starts. The Mariners are 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games,  4-1 in their last 5 overall and 2-6 in Paxtons last 8 starts. The Astros are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Seattle, 23-9 in the last 32 meetings and 4-0 in Keuchels last 4 starts vs. Mariners.

The Seattle Mariners are playing really good baseball right now and have their offense clicking. The Houston Astros are in a bit of a slump and are coming off a late game Sunday night that saw 10 innings. This is a quick turnaround for the defending champs. With all that said, you don't get Keuchel at these prices very often. Struggles or not, he's still one of the top pitchers in the game and is a confident bet reagrdless of everything else. At this price, I simply can't turn down the Astros.

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