Sports Betting Odds & Liev Jackson Free MLB Picks: Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros
Monday, July 17, 2017
by Liev Jackson

Seattle Heads to Houston for AL West Showdown

Sports Betting Odds & Liev Jackson Free MLB Picks: Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros

Mariners: 46-47 (19-25 V)
Astros: 62-30 (29-19 H)
When: 8:10 PM ET, Monday, July 17, 2017
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: ROOT Sports Northwest, ATT Sportsnet - Houston

Every year there are teams who shoot up in the standings in the second half of the season. Seattle is off to the right start after sweeping the White Sox over the weekend. The pitching was dynamite on Friday and Saturday, allowing combined five runs. On Sunday, it was the offense’s turn to carry the load escaping with a 7-6 win in ten innings.

The Mariners fought back from an early 5-0 deficit after two innings to take the lead 6-5 after six. Nelson Cruz who got the game winning hit in last week’s All-Star game was at it again on Sunday with the game winning homer in the 10th.

The win was Seattle’s fourth in a row and it helped them narrow the gap for the second wild-card to three games.

Their schedule is about to take a turn for the difficult and it starts with the conclusion of their six-game road trip with a visit against the AL best Astros. After that they’ll host the Yankees and Red Sox for seven games, so we’ll know a lot more about where they stand by the middle of next week.

Houston had a solid start to their second half in taking two of three against Minnesota. They won handily 10-5 on Friday night, dropped a 4-2 decision on Saturday before winning the rubber match 5-3 on Sunday. Mike Fiers pitched a strong game, striking out 11 batters over seven innings of work. The Astros trailed 2-1 heading into the fourth before the offense got into gear scrapping together a rally off a two-run double by Nori Aoki.

The Astros 62-30 record is 11 games better than the Red Sox for tops in the American League.

Seattle is third in the AL in July with a 3.55 ERA and 11th averaging 3.73 RPG.

Houston is seventh with a 3.99 ERA and first averaging 9 RPG.

Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.15 ERA) was hit hard in his last start, allowing six runs in five innings of a 9-6 loss to the Royals. He’s staggered strong starts with weak ones over his last six. He’s allowed four runs in 20.1 innings in the three good ones and 16 runs in 16.1 innings in the weak ones. That includes a June 25th start against Houston where he gave up four runs in 7.1 innings of an 8-2 loss.

Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2, 3.05 ERA) makes his first post All-Star game start and is looking to put his last start behind him. He gave up six runs (five earned) in 4.1 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays. It’s just the second time all year he’s allowed more than three runs. The Astros have lost his last two after winning his previous seven appearances.

Bovada has the Astros favorites at 235-moneyline with the total sitting at 9 at MyBookie Sportsbook.

MLB Runline Odds at BetOnline the Astros were favored by -1½ (-120)

Pitching Matchup:
Mariners: LH Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.15 ERA)
Astros: RH Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2, 3.05)

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros Sports Betting Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
919 Seattle - Miranda
+175
920 Houston - McCullers Jr.
-195
  Total
9

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The Mariners will give the ball to starter Ariel Miranda in this one. Left hander Miranda is 7-4 this season with a 4.15 ERA.

Starting this game for the Astros will be Lance McCullers Jr.. The right hander has a 3.06 ERA to go along with a 7-2 record this season.

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros Sports Betting Odds & Trends

Seattle:
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Seattle is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games
Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games

Houston:
Houston is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston's last 12 games

Next up:
Seattle at Houston Tuesday, July 18

The Bottom Line:
Houston are -235 favorites and Mc Cullers Jr. is well rested after pitching an inning in the All-Star game. This is the Astros game to win. The Pick: Houston 6-1.

Liev Jackson Free MLB Picks: Houston -235 & 9 Under at Bovada

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ariel miranda - houston astros - lance mccullers jr. - mike fiers - nelson cruz - nori aoki - seattle mariners

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