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Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 8/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (65-50) at Houston Astros (74-42)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

J Paxton (9-5) (3.44) vs. J Verlander (11-6) (2.19)

The Line: Houston Astros -145 / Seattle Mariners +135 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest

MLB comes to Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros host the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

The Seattle Mariners were outscored 11-7 Wednesday afternoon with their pitching unable to control the Rangers offense. Seattle starter Marco Gonzales was charged with seven runs on 12 hits over five innings while Zach Duke gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning.

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Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 8/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mariners banged out nine hits and walked three times with Mike Zunino hammering a pair of homers and scoring three while Jean Segura drove in two and scored twice followed by Mitch Haniger with a pair of RBI’s.

Left hander James Paxton toes the rubber at the Astros on Thursday. Paxton comes in off of a 5-1 defeat versus Toronto with three runs plated on eight hits over seven frames.

The Houston Astros are looking to put the AL West away and are heading in that direction with wins in six of seven after a 2-1 win at San Francisco on Tuesday. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel gave up a run over six frames while five relievers put up zeros.

The Astros banged out nine hits and walked three times with Tyler White going 2-4 with a two run bomb in the 8th that scored Marwin Gonzalez.

Justin Verlander draws Thursday’s start against the visiting Mariners. Verlander defeated the Dodgers 2-1 last time out with a run allowed over 7.2 innings where he struck out 14.

Seattle are 2-7 in their last 9 road games and are 2-6 in their last 8 overall and are 2-6 in their last 8 games on grass. Houston  are 35-16 in their last 51 games on grass and are 36-17 in their last 53 overall and are 23-11 in Verlander’s last 34 starts. Seattle are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings.

Houston is always overpriced and they are here but these teams are heading in the opposite directions and hopefully the trend continues…

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