MLB Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 8:15 PM ET
Money Line: Houston Astros -280
The Houston Astros enter this game with a record of 51-32 and have won three of their last five games including a 2-1 win in game one of the series at home.
The Seattle Mariners enter this game with a record of 37-49 and have won three of their last five but have lost two games in a row including game on of this series on Friday.
The Houston Astros are listed as -280 money line favorites over the Seattle Mariners. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Seattle Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners looked like they were going to challenge for a spot in the playoffs to begin the season, but they haven’t looked good since then and are now in last place in the AL West. Seattle is 37-49 overall, 20-24 on the road and 21-34 as an underdog this season.
The Mariners will send Yusei Kikuchi to the mound for game two of the series. Kikuchi is 4-5 on the season with a 5.11 ERA while striking out 63 over 86 1/3rd innings pitched. He will face the Astros for the first time of his career on Saturday.
Edwin Encarncion leads the team in home runs and runs with 21 home runs and 48 runs. Domingo Santana leads the team in RBIs with 60.
Seattle is averaging 5.28 runs per game which ranks 7th in the MLB. The Mariners are allowing an average of 5.96 runs per game which ranks 29th in the MLB.
The Houston Astros look like they are poised for another division title and a deep run in the playoffs as they currently have a 4-game lead in the division. Houston is 51-32 overall, 29-13 at home and 50-24 as a favorite this season.
The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound for game two of the series. Verlander is 10-3 on the season with a 2.67 ERA while striking out 142 over 114 2/3rd innings pitched. He is also 2-1 in his last three starts against the Mariners while allowing an average of 3.33 runs and striking out an average of 6.67 in those games.
Alex Bregman leads the team in home runs, RBIs and runs with 22 home runs, 52 RBIs and 54 runs.
Houston is averaging 5.02 runs per game which ranks 13th in the MLB. The Astros are allowing an average of 4.09 runs per game which ranks 4th in the MLB.
Houston Dominates in a Win
The Houston Astros are the better team in the series and have the better pitcher on the mound for game two. Houston is 8-2 in their last ten matchups with Seattle while outscoring the Mariners by an average of 4.90 to 4.70 in those games.
The Astros are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Mariners while Seattle is outscoring Houston by an average of 7.33 to 3.00 in those contests. I look for the Astros to get the win in game two of the series against the Mariners on Saturday.