Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners - 4/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners - 4/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners (4-4) vs Houston Astros (4-3)

Game Info: Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 9:10 pm (T-Mobile Park)

Chris Flexen (0-1) (6.23) vs Justin Verlander (0-1) (1.80)

Betting Odds: Seattle Mariners +135 / Houston Astros -160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros will play the Seattle Mariners in Game 2 of their series at T-Mobile Park on Saturday night.

The Houston Astros are 4-3 this season and have lost two games in a row. Houston lost to Seattle in the opening game of the series by a score of 11-1. Prior to this series, Houston won two of three against the Diamondbacks. Prior to their last loss, Houston had the best ERA and 6th best WHIP in baseball, but got knocked around for 11 runs. The Houston offense has scored 25 runs with a .218 batting average and a .294 on base percentage this season. Alex Bregman has led Houston with two home runs and seven RBI’s this year. The projected starter for Houston is Justin Verlander, who is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.20 ERA over 5 innings pitched.

The Seattle Mariners are 4-4 this season and have won two games in a tow. Prior to beating Houston in game 1 of the series, Seattle lost two of three to the White Sox. The Seattle pitching staff has an ERA of 3.51, a 1.15 WHIP, and a .217 opponent batting average. The Mariners offense has scored 32 runs with a .192 batting average and a .292 on base percentage. Mitch Haniger has three home runs and seven RBI’s for the Mariners this year. The projected starter for Seattle is Chris Flexen, who is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP over 4.1 innings pitched.

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The under is 4-0 in Houston’s last 4 games and the under is 6-0 in Houston’s last 6 games against a right-handed starter. Seattle is 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog and the under is 8-1 in Seattle’s last 9 games against a right-handed starter. The over is 10-3 in these two teams last 13 head to head meetings.

Verlander looked pretty sharp in his first outing of the season and you have to like him here with the Houston lineup. Seattle scored 11 runs on Friday night for the win, but I expect a completely different outcome here. I like Houston by more than one.

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