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Astros go for Ninth Straight Win in Series Finale vs Mariners

Houston vs Seattle Betting Odds

The three-game AL West series comes to a close as the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners take to the T-Mobile Park diamond. Seattle carried a six-game winning streak into this series but has been handed back-to-back losses and Houston is now eyeing a ninth consecutive victory. Gerrit Cole (HOU) and Marco Gonzales (SEA) get the ball with the Astros opening as a -175 favorite and the Mariners coming back at +150 and total opening at 8.5 runs.

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Standout Stats

  • Seattle is looking to pull out of its first losing slide of the season as it has lost its last two but is 10-3 in its last 13. Meanwhile, Houston stumbled out of the gate but has now picked up eight wins in a row. The Astros won the opening game of this series 10-6 and yesterday’s game 3-1.
  • The Mariners have been the best offensive team in baseball this season and that has led to them going OVER in 12 of their 17 games. Meanwhile, the Astros have had the seventh-best team ERA and that has resulted in them going UNDER in 10 of their 15 games. The total went OVER in game 1 of this set with a combined score of 16 and UNDER in the second game with a combined score of four.
  • Gerrit Cole is eyeing his fourth straight quality start to begin the 2019 campaign. The 28-year-old holds a 3.32 ERA surrendering seven earned runs on 19 innings while striking out 25 batters in his opening three outings, but Houston is 1-2 in those games. M’s hitters Jay Bruce and Domingo Santana are a combined 12-for-39 vs Cole with five extra-base hits so the righty will have to be cautious around them. In 2018, the Houston hurler was 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA vs Seattle in four starts.
  • Marco Gonzales looks to remain perfect on the season as he gets the ball for the fifth time. The lefty sports a record of 4-0 with an impressive 3.16 ERA, while only striking out 16 in 25.2 innings in 2019. Most recently, he held the Royals to three runs on six hits over six innings in a 6-3 win five days ago. The Astros lineup has only had 40 combined at-bats vs the lefty but have a combined .400 batting average, including four extra-base hits, but no home runs. The 27-year-old was torched last season going 0-2 with a 12.91 ERA in two outings vs Houston.
  • The Astros have been punishing southpaws in the early stages of the season going 4-1 vs left-handed starters and have the second-best batting average at .317 vs LHP. That being said, the M’s have terrorized righties, going 11-3 vs right-handed starters and rank third in the majors with a .280 batting average vs RHP.

My Best Bet for Houston vs Seattle

Houston -1.5

Marco Gonzales was hit extremely hard vs the Astros last year and they are crushing LHP through the first few weeks of the 2019 season. Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole was quite good against Seattle last year and if he can manage to work he way around Domingo Santana and Jay Bruce, then he should be able to keep its offense in check.