The Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros will clash this Saturday night in Texas in the third game of a four part AL West series. The mariners have been in rough shape lately, losing seven of their last 10 and dropping all the way to third place in the division. The Astros lead the West with the third best record in baseball. They are 4.5 games ahead of the second place A’s and will look to extend their lead this weekend. Seattle came out on top in the opening game of the series, 8-6 despite a late scare by the Astros. They came out quick, picking up six runs in two innings. Mitch Hanniger led off the game with a solo home run off Justin Verlander to set the pace for the game. Verlander was knocked out after two innings and the Seattle lead proved to be too large for Houston to come back.
- Mariners are 0-5 in LeBlanc’s last 5 road starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Mariners are 3-8 in their last 11 road games.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
Sure, the Mariners are 3-8 in their last 11 road games and 4-12 in their last 16 against the Astros, but starter Wade LeBlanc has been solid all season for Seattle. In his last start on Monday against the Rangers, he pitched a gem, allowing one earned run and two hits over 6.1 innings on his way to a 4-3 victory. The projections show the M’s winning this one 50 percent of the time. Take the lush value on the road ‘dogs.
Prediction: SEATTLE +170