Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros Pick – August 14, 2020
The Seattle Mariners visit the Houston Astros for the second time this season to open a three-game series at Minute Maid Park on Friday, Aug. 14. Back in July, the Astros have won three of their four meetings with the Mariners, appearing as runaway favorites on all four occasions.
Both Seattle and Houston have been struggling since Week 1. The Mariners are 7-13 and sitting bottom of the AL West. The Astros are only 8-10 which is quite a poor start for the World Series contender. They are third in the AL West at the moment.
The Astros hope to turn things around when they welcome the Mariners on Friday night. Hereof, let’s take a closer look and find the best Mariners vs. Astros pick.
Mariners vs. Astros Odds
- Mariners (+1.5); -115
- Astros (-1.5); -105
- Mariners to Win; +177
- Astros to Win; -193
- Over 9.0; +103
- Under 9.0; -123
The Astros opened as heavy favorites to beat the Mariners, and I expect to see some early action on the hosts. Houston has won 13 of its last 14 home encounters with Seattle.
The money line odds on the Mariners are tempting, but keep in mind that the Astros have owned Seattle over the last two years. Both teams are playing in a poor form, so you might think that Mariners could pull off an upset here. Check out the best MLB betting sites to find all the odds and lines you need.
Mariners vs. Astros Preview
The Astros are coming off a 5-1 victory over San Francisco, clinching a 2-1 series victory at Minute Maid Park. On the other side, the Mariners have dropped two of their three games at Texas and are coming off a 7-4 defeat to the Rangers.
Framber Valdez will get the starting nod for the Astros, and the lefty is 0-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in two starts and one relief appearance this season. In 17.2 innings of work, Framber has surrendered 16 hits and three walks while striking out 19.
Valdez is 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA in a couple of starts and a pair of relief outings against the Mariners.
Yusei Kikuchi will get the ball for the Mariners, and the second-year left-hander is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA in five career starts against the Astros. Kikuchi is 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP on the season. In his first start in 2020, Yusei pitched 3.2 innings in a 7-6 victory over Astros, giving up five earned runs and four walks while striking out four.
Mariners vs. Astros Pick
Seattle’s defense is the second-worst in the MLB, allowing 5.85 runs per game. Kikuchi has already suffered against the Astros earlier in the season, and I think this time he won’t be lucky to avoid a loss.
The Astros miss Yordan Alvarez. His absence is a huge blow for the Astros’ offense that still scores 5.17 runs per game. Hereof, I expect the Astros’ bats to torture Yusei Kikuchi for a bunch of hits, my top betting pick is Houston to cover.
Houston is 16-1 in its last 17 meetings with Seattle. The Astros have covered in 12 of their previous 14 matchups with the Mariners.
- Astros (-1.5);-105