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Offense Hard To Come By When Astros, M’s Clash

The Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners kick off a three-game set Friday with both clubs hoping to find some more offense. The ’Stros and M’s have averaged a combined 6.6 runs per game in their past five meetings, which has led to the UNDER cashing every time.

Shark Bites
  • The Mariners are 0-3 SU and ATS in their last 3 games against the Astros.
  • The Mariners are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games against the AL West on the road.
  • The Astros are 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against the AL West.

Charlie Morton, who takes the mound for the Astros in this one, has been inefficient in his past two outings. The 33-year-old has gone 5.0 innings in each of those two starts but threw 103 and 110 pitches respectively. Minute Maid Park has been good to Morton this season with the righty posting a 3.64 ERA in 14 starts at home.

The Mariners will welcome James Paxton back to their rotation after the southpaw missed over a month of action with a strained pectoral muscle. Paxton could not ask for a better team to return against, as he has a ridiculous 0.45 ERA in three starts against the Astros this year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting oddsmakers, including BetOnline, opened the Houston Astros as -120 moneyline favorites in this matchup. OVER/UNDER total bettors saw the number open at 8.5 at shops such as Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.8-3.6 victory for the Mariners. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Houston (88-58) will face the 74-73 Mariners in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Seattle injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Houston Astros at No. 23 and the Seattle Mariners at No. 9 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Houston Astros' No. 1-ranked offense (5.45 runs per game) against a Seattle Mariners defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 14 at 4.73 runs allowed per game. The Houston Astros have been averaging 9.75 hits per game, more than the Seattle Mariners have managed so far this season (8.91 hits on average).

Houston owns the No. 12 defense, allowing 5.45 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Seattle's No. 14-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Mariners enjoyed a 10-4 victory at the expense of the Rangers on Thursday, with Felix Hernandez throwing 5 innings of 3-hit ball at Globe Life Park.

Houston got the job done in their last match in a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday at Angel Stadium behind starter Brad Peacock.

Betting Trends
  • Seattle is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Seattle is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Seattle's last 10 games
  • Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Seattle at Houston, Saturday, September 16