Houston Turns the Table On Seattle Saturday Night for Your MLB Picks

Doug Upstone

Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:04 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017 2:04 PM UTC

Baseball's best team tries to even the series in Seattle tonight. Houston was thumped 13-3 last night to take their season record to 50-25 (+16.6 units), but those betting baseball know one game can happen.

Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners

The Mariners have been a force at home with a 25-13 record (+10.1) and are now on a six-game winning streak. On the topic of streaks, I have been on a pretty good one for our  MLB picks, now up to 20-12.

Pitching Matchup - McCullers vs. Gaviglio

Lance McCullers Jr. (6-1, 2.58 ERA) has not pitched since June 8th, after feeling discomfort in his lower back. After rehabbing and a few bullpen sessions, the has been pronounced ready to go and that is great news for Houston. The 23-year old right-hander has a mid-90's fastball that has excellent movement and knee-buckling curve. His improving change-up can make him a beast and the other team's batting order is only at a .207 batting average. McCullers is 4-2 with a sharp 2.14 ERA against Seattle.

Due to injuries to starting pitchers, the Mariners called up Sam Gaviglio (3-1, 3.43) and the 27-year old in the first year has held his own. The right-hander is not a power pitcher but is permitting less than a hit an inning. The concern against a power-laden club like the Astros is nine of his 35 hits surrendered have left the yard.

Astros are Astounding, Seattle Not Bad at Home

Houston's remarkable road record of 27-9 is a direct reflection of how good their offense has been. Washington has the second-best road offense in the bigs at 5.7 runs per contest and they are nearly a full run behind the Astros who are at 6.6 RPG. The utter diversity of players like Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Josh Reddick, along with other veterans makes this team a handful 1-to-9 on the lineup card.

Remember when Nelson Cruz left Baltimore after hitting 40 homers and how most thought his power numbers would be down playing in Seattle. Cruz proved everyone wrong by hitting 44 and 43 the next two seasons. He's probably not going to reach 40+ again at age 35, yet with Robinson Cano and Jean Segura, along with Kyle Seager, this is formidable offense at Safeco Field averaging 5.5 RPG.

Betting Odds, Head to Head and Bullpen Numbers

The MLB odds have Houston as large -165 road favorites with a total of 9. The Astros hold a 12-10 advantage in Seattle the last few years in this divisional rivalry and the OVER is 14-7-1. When it comes to bullpen ERA's, Houston is 7th and Seattle is 9th in the American League.

The Winner Is......

I realize the money line is high, nonetheless, do you want to bet against the Stros who are 22-4 as road faves of -110 or higher and 40-16 mark versus RH starters? Me either.

Free MLB Play - Houston wins (-154)Best Betting Line Found At Bet Online

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