2019-09-06 19:10:00 EDT
The Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros meet in game two of their four game AL West division set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Friday.
The Seattle Mariners will look to bounce back after letting one seriously slip away in the opener, dropping Thursday’s game one by a final score of 11-9. Austin Nola went 3 for 6 with a pair of home runs, a double and five RBIs while Kyle Seager had a pair of home runs and three RBIs. Jake Fraley added an RBI to round out Seattle’s scoring as a team in the win while Dylan Moore went 2 for 5 with a double and Dee Gordon and Tom Murphy each had two hits as well to round out Seattle’s offense in defeat. Marco Gonzales allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits while walking five over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Matt Wisler ended up with the loss in relief, falling to 1-2 on the year. Tommy Milone will start game two and is 3-8 with a 4.90 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. In his career, Milone is 1-3 with a 4.76 ERA and 40 strikeouts against Houston.
The Houston Astros will look to keep their momentum going after rallying for a win on Thursday. Michael Brantley had a home run and three RBIs while Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker each had two RBIs with Tucker going 2 for 6 with his first major league home run while Altuve went 2 for 6 with a triple and Bregman added a double. Josh Reddick went 3 for 3 with a solo home run while Yuli Gurriel added a double to cap off Houston’s offense as a team in the loss. Wade Miley allowed five runs on five hits while failing to record an out in the opening inning, but still didn’t factor in the decision. Josh James got the win in relief to improve to 5-0 on the year. Framber Valdez will start game two and is 4-7 with a 5.55 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This will be Valdez’s second career start against Seattle.
Seattle is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 16-53 in their last 69 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 game two matchups. Houston is 1-4 in Valdez’s last 5 starts and 42-18 in their last 60 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 home games. Seattle is 0-8 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Houston.
I considered taking the over as the lone time I don’t have a good feeling about Houston is when Valdez is pitching, as he’s allowed four or more runs in five of his last six appearances, totalling 28 runs 25 earned, in 16.2 innings in the five games that Houston’s lost in that stretch. However, Houston has all of the momentum after rallying for the win on Thursday and it’s getting hard to watch the Mariners sometimes as Seattle just doesn’t have it. Valdez hasn’t allowed an earned run in his career against the Mariners and while he’s not a pitcher I’m trying to get behind long term, backing Seattle simply isn’t an option, so I’ll side with Houston and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll take Houston on the RL.