Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
|Date & Time||Saturday June 29, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
Minute Maid Park
The Line: Seattle Mariners +264 / Houston Astros -292 -- Over/Under: 9.5
The Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros meet Saturday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Seattle Mariners look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Mariners have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Seattle Mariners have won seven of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Domingo Santana leads the Mariners with 90 hits and 60 RBI while Omar Narvaez and Daniel Vogelbach have combined for 127 hits and 76 RBI. Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 5.11 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Kikuchi’s first career game against the Astros.
The Houston Astros could use a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Astros have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Houston Astros have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 98 hits and 43 RBI while Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 164 hits and 65 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 10-3 with a 2.67 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 13-9 with a 3.27 ERA and 186 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 5-12 in their last 17 during game 2 of a series, 1-10 in their last 11 Saturday games and 1-4 in Kikuchis last 5 road starts. The Astros are 47-21 in their last 68 during game 2 of a series, 36-17 in their last 53 Saturday games and 8-3 in Verlanders last 11 home starts. The Mariners are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Houston, 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and the Astros are 4-1 in Verlanders last 5 starts vs. Mariners. The under is 11-4 in Verlanders last 15 starts overall. The over is 14-1-1 in Kikuchis last 16 starts overall.
Kikuchi is going through some struggles right now, allowing 29 hits and 16 earned runs in his last 19.1 innings. Kikuchi is allowing a .295 batting average. This feels like a perfect game for the Astros offense to get back to being the Astros offense. Verlander needs no introduction, and he continues to be money at home, allowing a 2.09 ERA and .146 batting average through 43 innings. Give me the Astros and the RL for added value.