Houston Astros (67-41) at Seattle Mariners (63-43)
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 31, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners +120 / Houston Astros -130 --- Over/Under: 8
The Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners meet Tuesday in MLB action at Safeco Field.
The Houston Astros could use a feel good victory in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Astros have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last seven games. The Houston Astros have lost six of their last seven games when allowing at least two runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 134 hits and 46 RBI while Alex Bregman and George Springer have combined for 215 hits and 126 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 11-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 151 strikeouts this season. Morton is 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Mariners have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Seattle Mariners have won five of their last eight games when scoring at least one run. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 128 hits and 50 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 213 hits and 90 RBI. Mike Leake gets the ball, and he is 8-6 with a 4.15 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. Leake is 6-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games, 52-25 in their last 77 during game 2 of a series and 5-2 in Mortons last 7 starts on grass. The Mariners are 25-9 in their last 34 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 10-4 in Leakes last 14 starts. The Astros are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Seattle, 27-11 in the last 38 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
It's only a matter of time before the Houston Astros snap out of this funk, and it might as well come with a pitcher in Morton who has been as consistent as any in baseball. Morton is allowing a .205 batting average on the season and has given up two or less runs in five of his last eight starts. Leake has been much better recently than his season numbers indicate, but he doesn't miss many bats, does give up the homerun and is allowing a .273 batting average. An explosive Astros lineup could feast on a pitcher like this. I'll take the Astros and the cheap price.