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Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 8/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
Date & Time Friday August 2, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Seattle Mariners +225 / Houston Astros -275 -- Over/Under: 10
TV Channel
RTNW, ATSW
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The Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros meet Friday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Seattle Mariners look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Mariners have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Seattle Mariners have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Domingo Santana leads the Mariners with 111 hits and 67 RBI while Omar Narvaez and Mallex Smith have combined for 176 hits and 69 RBI. Yusei Kikuchi gets the ball, and he is 4-7 with a 5.21 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. This will be Kikuchi’s second career game against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look for a win after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Astros have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Houston Astros have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 129 hits and 63 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick have combined for 222 hits and 103 RBI. Wade Miley gets the ball, and he is 9-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season. Miley is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.

The Mariners are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, 0-5 in Kikuchis last 5 road starts and 2-9 in Kikuchis last 11 starts. The Astros are 39-13 in their last 52 vs. American League West, 7-2 in Mileys last 9 home starts and 5-1 in Mileys last 6 starts. The Mariners are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 20-41 in the last 61 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Mileys last 6 starts overall. The over is 16-4-1 in Kikuchis last 21 starts overall.

The struggles continue for Kikuchi, as he's allowed 22 hits and 14 earned runs in his last 22.2 innings, and he's allowed three or more earned runs in eight of his last 11 starts. Miley has allowed 21 hits and seven earned runs in his last 31 innings, and the Astros have won 13 of his last 18 starts. Miley has a 1.92 ERA and .192 allowed batting average in 56.1 innings at home. The Seattle Mariners are back in one of those stretches where they pile up the wins and not the losses, but it's tough to bet against Miley with those numbers. Of course, I take the RL as well to shave down an expensive ML.

Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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