Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners - 4/17/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Seattle Mariners (9-5) vs Houston Astros (6-7)
Game Info: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 9:10 pm (T-Mobile Park)
Chris Flexen (1-0) (4.50) vs Zack Greinke (1-1) (4.08)
Betting Odds: Seattle Mariners +125 / Houston Astros -135 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Seattle Mariners will host the Houston Astros in an AL West matchup. It will be the second game of a three-game set at T-Mobile Park.
The Mariners won 6-5 in the first game on a walk-off-double by Ty France in the bottom of the ninth. The bullpen pitched two scoreless innings in the win. From the dish, they had 10 hits and were 4-11 with runners in scoring position. To start the season, the Mariners have a .237 batting average and .715 OPS. Mitch Haniger leads the team with a .321 batting average and 4 home runs.
Starting for the Mariners will be righty Chris Flexen. To start the season he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 11 strikeouts. In his career against these Astros, he has only face Carlos Correa, who has gone 1-2 with a BB.
The Astros lost their 6th straight game on Friday. They had a 3 run lead heading into the bottom of the 7th, but the bullpen gave up 4 runs in the last 3 frames to earn the loss. From the dish they had 7 hits and were 3-8 with runners in scoring position. To start the season, the Astros have a .264 batting average and .783 OPS. Yuli Gurriel leads the team with a .429 batting average and 1.142 OPS.
Getting the start for the Astros will be righty Zach Grienke. To start the year he is 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 10 strikeouts. In his career against these Mariners, he has allowed a .274 batting average with 12 strikeouts in 52 at bats.
The Astros are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 4-6 on the run line, and the over is 6-4.
The Mariners are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 7-3 on the run line, and the over is 7-3.
I like the M’s here. The Astros are still missing their core guys and were struggling before they went out. Grienke has been solid of late, but the Mariners have hit off him at a decent clip in previous games. Until the Astros get their guys back, they will be tough to back. Give me Seattle to win.