Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners - 4/18/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners - 4/18/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners (9-6) vs Houston Astros (7-7)

Game Info: Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 4:10 pm (T-Mobile Park)

Justus Sheffield (0-1) (4.91) vs Jake Odorizzi (0-1) (13.50)

Betting Odds: Seattle Mariners -110 / Houston Astros -110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Seattle Mariners will host the Houston Astros in an AL West battle on Sunday. This will be the rubber game of their three-game set at T-Mobile Park.   

Houston snapped a 6-game losing streak on Saturday. Zach Grienke pitched a gem in their 1-0 win. He tossed 8 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts. From the dish they had 10 hits but were 1-7 with runners in scoring position. Taylor Jones drove in the games only run with a single in the 4th. To start the season, the Astros have a .266 team batting average and .772 OPS. Yuli Gurriel leads the team with a .388 batting average and 1.039 OPS. Kyle Tucker leads with 4 home runs and 11 RBI.

Getting the start for Houston on Sunday will be righty Jake Odorizzi. In his lone start of 2021, he tossed 3.1 innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts. He has little experience against this Mariners lineup, only facing Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager in his career. They have combined to go 6-26 with 2 HR.

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Seattle lost for the first time in four games on Saturday. They pitched well, but only managed 4 hits from the plate without any walks. They were also 0-2 with runner in scoring position. To start the season, the Mariners have a .230 team batting average and .686 OPS. Mitch Haniger leads the team with a .328 batting average, .939 OPS and 4 home runs. Kyle Seager leads the team with 12 RBI.

Starting for the Mariners on Sunday will be lefty Nick Margevicius. To start the year he is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 8 strikeouts. In his career against this Astros lineup, he has allowed a .250 batting average with 4 strikeouts in 22 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, 8-2 on the run line, and the over is 7-3.

The Astros are banged up but still scratched out a win on Saturday. Even without some key guys, they should have a shot on Sunday. Both starters have been sub-par to start the year, but the Astros have been extremely effective against left-handed pitching. Their 42 runs scored against lefties leads the majors. Ill take a chance on the Astros in a pick’em. Give me Houston to win.

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Joe’s Pick Houston Astros -110

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