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Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners - 9/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (83-67) at Houston Astros (94-56)
Date & Time Tuesday September 18, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -222 / Seattle Mariners +205 --- Over/Under: 8
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MLB | Seattle Mariners (83-67) at Houston Astros (94-56)
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The Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Seattle Mariners look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Mariners have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Seattle Mariners have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 167 hits and 60 RBI while Mitch Haniger and Dee Gordon have combined for 301 hits and 119 RBI. Mike Leake gets the ball, and he is 10-9 with a 3.99 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. Leake is 6-6 with a 3.67 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Astros have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Houston Astros have won five straight games when scoring more than two runs. Alex Bregman leads the Astros with 163 hits and 100 RBI while Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 296 hits and 131 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 14-5 with a 2.88 ERA and 260 strikeouts this season. Cole is 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.

The Mariners are 0-9 in their last 9 Tuesday games, 1-5 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 5-2 in Leakes last 7 starts. The Astros are 9-2 in their last 11 Tuesday games, 9-2 in Coles last 11 home starts and 22-8 in Coles last 30 starts. The Mariners are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Houston and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The prices for the Astros these days are downright insane, especially with the Mariners fighting for their playoff lives and throwing out a decent pitcher in Leake. However, Cole has been lights out for the Astros all year, and while he's allowing a .196 batting average on the season, he's giving up a .186 batting average at home. Just incredible stuff. Also, in 17 of the 22 games this season the Astros have won with Cole on the hill, they've won by two or more runs. So, if you like the Astros in this contest, go ahead and lay that RL with confidence.

Houston Astros -1.5

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