Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 7/27/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Seattle Mariners (0-2) at Houston Astros (2-0)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 27, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Kendall Graveman (0-0) (0.00) vs. Josh James (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Houston Astros -275 / Seattle Mariners +226 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros meet Monday in MLB action from Minute Maid Park.
This will be the final matchup of the four-game opening series between these teams. Houston took victories in the first two games 8-2 Friday and 7-2 Saturday. On Sunday, the Mariners got a little revenge with a tight 7-6 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Seattle got some nice production from most of the lineup in their victory on Sunday. Tim Lopes was the big hitter with a 3-for-4 line and two runs. Shed Long added two hits, two RBI and a run, and Kyle Lewis added a 2-for-4 result with two RBI and a run of his own. After a little initial trouble with two hits and an earned run, Taylor Williams earned the save for the Mariners.
For the Monday finale, the Mariners will send out Kendall Graveman in the start. This will be Graveman’s first start since May of 2018, as he’s since been recovering from Tommy John surgery. In nine starts versus Houston in his career, Graveman is 4-3 with a 3.71 ERA.
Over on the Astros side, starter Zack Greinke wasn’t himself on Sunday. He lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up four hits, two walks and three earned runs. Josh Reddick was able to slap a triple on the offensive side, while Yuli Girriel and Michael Brantley contributed two hits, a run and an RB apiece.
For Monday’s game, the Astros will be going with Josh James as their starter. James spent all of last season in the Houston bullpen, logging a 14.77 strikeout average per nine innings. Through 61.1 innings and a 4.70 ERA in 2019, James posted 100 Ks and a 5-1 record.
The Mariners are 4-1 in their last five during game four of a series and 33-71 in their last 104 games as an underdog. Seattle is 2-7 in their last nine games overall and 18-62 in their last 80 games versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 9-2 in their last 11 during game four of a series and 39-13 in their last 52 home games. Houston is 41-17 in their last 58 overall and 39-17 in their last 56 games as a favorite.
Pick: Might be worth taking a shot on the Mariners here; it’s a thick line. Though Seattle is the far inferior team on paper, they’ve still got a few potentially potent bats in the lineup. If the Mariners can get a couple of big innings like they did on Sunday (and limit the damage on the other side), they’ll have a reasonable shot at stealing one. This is a value pick more than anything else, but given the numbers it’s justifiable.