2019-09-07 18:10:00 EDT
The Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros meet in game three of their four game AL West division set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Saturday.
The Seattle Mariners will look to pick up a confidence win after dropping the first two games of the series following a 7-4 loss in game two on Friday. Tom Murphy had two RBIs while Daniel Vogelbach added a solo home run and Dylan Moore chipped in an RBI to cap off Seattle’s scoring as a team in the loss. Tim Lopes and Shed Long each had a base hit to finish off Seattle’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Tommy Milone took the loss, falling to 3-9 on the year after allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits with five strikeouts in four innings of relief. Yusei Kikuchi will start game three and is 6-9 with a 5.36 ERA and 105 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kikuchi is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Houston.
The Houston Astros will look to keep the ball rolling after winning the first two games of the set with their victory on Friday. Josh Reddick had a solo home run while Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel each had a double and an RBI with Bregman going 2 for 4 at the dish. Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez each had an RBI while Martin Maldonado added a double and Jose Altuve had two hits. Kyle Tucker added a base hit to finish off Houston’s offense as a team in the victory. Framber Valdez allowed three runs on two hits while walking and whiffing sic apiece, not factoring in the decision. Joe Smith got the win in relief while Roberto Osuna closed out the 9th for his 32nd save of the year. Justin Verlander will start game three and is 17-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 257 strikeouts this season. In his career, Verlander is 14-9 with a 3.32 ERA and 201 strikeouts against Seattle.
Seattle is 0-8 in Kikuchi’s last 8 starts against a team with a winning record and 1-8 in Kikuchi’s last 9 division starts while the over is 13-5-2 in their last 20 Saturday games. Houston is 26-8 in Verlander’s last 34 division starts and 12-3 in Verlander’s last 15 starts against a team with a losing record while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 home games. Seattle is 0-9 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Houston while Houston is 4-0 in Verlander’s last 4 starts against Seattle.
I’d like to give Seattle a chance with the possibility of tripling my money, but the fact is that Seattle is counting down the days for the season to end, while Houston is gearing up for another deep playoff run. I also can’t go against Verlander who is fresh off of his no-hitter against Toronto and is sitting on back-to-back shutouts. Verlander’s also allowed just a 2.37 ERA and .163 batting average against at home this season. I’ll side with Houston for another win to to try to cut down some of the juice, I’ll take Houston on the RL.