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Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - 4/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (10-7) at Seattle Mariners (9-5)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

L McCullers (1-1) (7.71) vs. Ariel Miranda (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Seattle Mariners +162 / Houston Astros -172 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATSW, RTNW

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

The Houston Astros could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Astros have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Houston Astros are 4-5 this season when scoring three or less runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 21 hits and four RBI while George Springer and Carlos Correa have combined for 30 hits and 21 RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners. 

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Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros - 4/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seattle Mariners look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Mariners have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Seattle Mariners have won six straight games when scoring more than one run. Dee Gordon leads the Mariners with 19 hits and five RBI while Jean Segura and Kyle Seager have combined for 33 hits and 18 RBI. Ariel Miranda gets the ball, and he was 8-7 with a 5.12 ERA and 137 strikeouts last season. Miranda is 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 9-3 in their last 12 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 4-10 in McCullers Jr.s last 14 starts. The Mariners are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in Mirandas last 6 home starts. The Astros are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Seattle, 23-10 in the last 33 meetings and 5-2 in McCullers Jr.s last 7 starts vs. Mariners.

This line is quite steep for an Astros team that's not winning at the moment and has a pitcher in McCullers who is fresh off giving up eight runs in 3.2 innings against the Minnesota Twins. In nine innings on the road this season, McCullers has given up 11 hits, 10 earned runs and has an allowed batting average of .289. Miranda hasn't pitched yet this season and wasn't great last year, but the Mariners are playing better baseball overall right now and have the offense to help him out. I'll take a shot with the red hot Seattle Mariners based on the value.

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