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Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros, 6/6/19 3:40 PM ET T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington, TV: Seattle (ROOTNW, ESPN), Houston (ATT SportsNet-SW) Radio: Seattle (710 ESPN), Houston (KBME 790 AM/94.5 FM HD-2, La Ranchera 850 AM)
In a surprising turn of events, the last place Mariners took yesterday’s game 14-1 over the first place Astros. Surprising? Sure, but there isn’t much to be said beyond that, as baseball is a weird game that has many flukes like the outcome of yesterday’s game.
If anyone can get the Astros back on track, it’s the 9-2 Justin Verlander with an ERA of 2.27 and 103 Ks on the year. He’s allowed just 45 hits in 87.1 innings pitched. That being said, he’s given up at least 1 home run in each of his 13 starts excluding one. It’s obviously not really affecting the outcome of these games, but it’s interesting to note nonetheless.
The left-handed Tommy Milone will get the nod for the Mariners today. He’s 1-1 on the year through 3 starts after replacing Erik Swanson in the Mariners’ rotation. His ERA over 2019 is 3.60 and he’s recorded 19 strikeouts.
1. M. Smith , CF (L)
2. M. Haniger , LF (R)
3. D. Vogelbach , DH (L)
4. E. Encarnacion , 1B (R)
5. D. Santana , RF (R)
6. K. Seager , 3B (L)
7. O. Narvaez , C (L)
8. T. Beckham , SS (R)
9. S. Long , 2B (S)
Yesterday’s huge victory was a complete team effort, as 8 different Mariners had at least a hit in the game. Williamson, Seager, Santana, Encarnacion, and Murphy all went long on the day. While only a single game, this does give flashbacks to the offensive production that was guiding the Mariners to continuous victories at the beginning of the season.
Even including yesterday’s game, none of the Mariners’ consistent starters have been hitting above .300 over the last seven games. When you have a team where the pitching isn’t great and hitters aren’t being productive, well, you have a bad team. I hate to say it, but in all my time trying to figure the Mariners out, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re just not that great of a ball club at the moment.
Tommy Milone, the 32-year-old left-hander, is 1-2 against the Astros in his career, with an ERA of 5.74 through nine games (seven starts). He gave up 7 hits and 3 runs in his last start against the Angels, which ultimately resulted in a loss for the Mariners.
1. M. Straw , LF (R)
2. A. Bregman , 3B (R)
3. M. Brantley , LF (L)
4. Y. Gurriel , 1B (R)
5. J. Reddick , RF (L)
6. R. Chirinos , C (R)
7. J. Mayfield , SS (R)
8. T. Kemp , 2B (L)
9. J. Marisnick , CF (R)
Despite yesterday’s huge loss, the Astros as a whole continue to look great with an impressive 42-21 record. They’re 20-13 on the road this year, so having home-field advantage doesn’t really give the Mariners an edge in this one. The Astros currently have a 9 game lead in the AL West.
On the year, the Astros are 10-3 in games that Justin Verlander has started. He’s coming into today’s game holding batters to an impressive .150 batting average. He’s among the top in the MLB in strikeouts wielding 103 on the year thus far. Most Mariners batters haven’t hit Verlander well, but Tim Beckham is hitting .400 through 10 ABs with one home run.
The Astros lineup hasn’t faced Milone extensively, so there’s not a lot of history to go off of there. All one needs to know, in my opinion, is how well the Astros have been swinging the bat lately (excluding last night’s performance) and you’ll get an idea of how today’s game will likely go.
Mariners vs Astros Betting Odds
The line is currently set at Mariners +168 Astros -196 after opening at Mariners +170 Astros -200. The line is moving very slightly in a way that favors the Astros less, but I don’t buy it. With Verlander on the mound, I don’t see Houston losing this one. I see their bats coming back alive and the ‘Stros beating the Mariners with room to spare. The over/under is currently set at 8 runs, and if I had to choose, I’d say the under as I don’t see Verlander or the Astros pen (Pressly should be good to go today) giving up many runs.
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