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Seattle Mariners (65-50, 29-26 Away) at Houston Astros (73-42, 32-24 Home)
MLB: Friday, August 10, 2018, Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, 8:10 PM ET
The Seattle Mariners are not playing well lately as they lost seven out of the previous nine games, and they are now eight wins behind the reigning champions and the divisional rivals Houston. On the other hand, the Houston Astros won six out of the last seven and they are cruising toward another playoff appearance with their closes followers the Oakland A’s are five wins behind.
The pitching matchup for Friday’s tilt will give us Mike Leake for Seattle Mariners against the Houston Astros’ Gerrit Cole. First pitch was set for 8:10 PM ET.
The Mariners lost the last two games of the series with Texas
Seattle opened the series with the Texas Rangers with a 4-3 win in extra innings, but the Rangers answered with a pair of victories, scoring 11 runs in each of them. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and that was the only time they were up as the Rangers took the control of the tilt and statistically destroyed Seattle. The hosts won even 35 bases in opposite to the Mariners’ 15, while they had ten more hits (19-9), so an 11-7 victory could be bigger.
Mike Leake is listed as a starting pitcher against the Houston Astros, and he’s coming from a 10-13 record in 2017, a 3.92 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, 37 walks, and 130 strikeouts in 31 games in total. Leake started 23 games in this season and has eight wins and seven losses as he pitched 140 innings, allowing 154 hits and 71 runs with 29 hits and 86 strikeouts. The Mariners are 11-5 in Leake’s last 16 starts; 4-1 in Leake’s previous five Friday starts, while 7-2 in Leake’s last nine starts with four days of rest.
The Astros swept the Giants in a two-game series
Houston visited San Francisco to meet them in a two-game series and opened it with a 3-1 win before they closed it with a tight, 2-1 victory. The Astros trailed 1-0 until the eighth inning when they scored a couple of runs and then preserved a minimal lead. Houston recorded nine hits in opposite to the Giants’ four, while they won 11 more bases (18-7) and deservedly secured a win.
Gerrit Cole is set to start against the Seattle Mariners, and he’s coming from a 12-12 record in 2017, a 4.26 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, 55 walks, and 196 strikeouts in 33 games overall. Cole started 23 games in this campaign and has ten wins and four losses as he pitched 146 innings, allowing 96 hits and 46 runs with 49 walks and 202 strikeouts. The Astros are 17-6 in Cole’s last 23 starts; 9-3 in Cole’s previous 12 starts vs. American League West. Opponents, while they are 6-1 in Cole’s last seven starts during game two of a series.
- 5-1 in their last six vs. an opponent with a winning record
- 41-19 in their last 60 vs. American League West rivals
- 43-20 in their last 63 games played on Friday
- 1-4 in their last five vs. American League West rivals
- 1-4 in their last five games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- 1-4 in their last five games played on Friday
- 0-4 in their last four during game two of a series
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Houston won 12 out of the previous 15 H2H encounters including three out of the last four, while the Astros were victorious in four out of the past five meetings at the Minute Maid Park. This series is perhaps the Mariners’ last chance to stay close to the Astros, but I am backing the hosts to get a win.
Prediction: Houston Astros (-210)
Full-Game Total Pick
When it comes to the points, over is 5-2 in the last seven duels; over is 6-1 in Cole’s last seven home starts, while over is 4-1 in Mariners last five road games.
Prediction: Over 7.5 (+105)
Full-Game Prop Bet
Seattle proved they can score against the best defensive team in the entire MLB as they scored eight in the previous clash, and the Mariners scored more than two runs in each of the previous five games.
Prediction: Team Totals: Seattle Mariners Over 2.5 (-145)
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Mariners were 6-2 up after the first five innings in the last duel, but I don’t think they will be that dominant on this one as I believe the hosts will bounce back and take control of the game early as possible.
Prediction: Houston Astros (-220)
First Five Innings Total Bet
Eight runs in the opening five innings in the latest H2H clash might be hard to repeat on this one, but I expect the rivals to combine for at least four or five.
Prediction: Over 4 (-110)
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
Seattle started the last game furiously and scored three runs in the opening inning, but I think it’s going to be different here, so I am backing the hosts to finish the first inning with a lead.
Prediction: 1st Inning Winner: Houston Astros (+210)