The Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros meet in an AL West division matchup in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night.
The Seattle Mariners will look to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to the Astros in their last game. Ty France leads the Mariners with 31 hits along with 5 home runs and 21 RBIs while Adam Frazier has 22 hits and 5 doubles. Eugenio Suarez has a team-high 6 doubles with 3 homers of his own while J.P. Crawford has 30 hits, 4 homers and 6 doubles as well as a .375 batting average. Chris Flexen will start here and is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season.
The Houston Astros will try to build on their win over Seattle from Monday’s series opener. Michael Brantley has a team-high 22 hits with a .286 batting average while Yuli Gurriel has a team-high 10 doubles and Alex Bregman has 18 hits with 4 home runs and a team-high 13 RBIs. Yordan Alvarez has a team-high 7 home runs and 13 RBIs and Kyle Tucker has 4 home runs and a team-high 15 RBIs as well this season. Cristian Javier will start here and is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season.
Seattle is 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 division games. Houston is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 division games.
I get the case to be made for the Mariners and the plus money as Chris Flexen was the most profitable starter in baseball last year. However, the results haven’t been the same for Flexen so far this year to start and it’s really hard to back him until we see a turnaround happen even if the Mariners are playing really well right now. Cristian Javier has seen limited action but he’s looked good in that small sample size and while the Astros have underwhelmed a lot this year, I think this is one of those spots where the Astros show up and take care of business against a division foe at home. Give me the Astros.
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