MLB Picks: Bet the Mariners -132 vs. Astros

Joe Freda

Thursday, August 29, 2013 11:53 AM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 11:53 AM GMT

The Seattle Mariners logged a 0-6 mark in this past week’s homestand, outscored by a combined margin of 38-12. How will they fare against the Houston Astros this weekend?

Thursday’s MLB betting has Eric Wedge’s club now opening a four-game road set with the Houston Astros, who send Jordan Lyles (6-6, 5.15 ERA) against Seattle’s Erasmo Ramirez (4-1, 5.44 ERA).

Mariners, Astros spanked in finales

Seattle ended its stretch at Safeco with Wednesday’s 12-4 defeat to the Texas Rangers, falling as a 115 favorite.  Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley drilled a homer and double, while Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak were held to a combined 0-for-9 day.

Houston returns to Minute Maid Park after going 1-2 as road dogs against the Chicago White Sox.  Wednesday night’s rubber match saw the Astros lose, 6-1, with first baseman Chris Carter homering for his club’s sole run.

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Lyles cashes in slugfest

Lyles came away with a second straight win in Friday’s 12-4 triumph for Houston as a 130 home dog against the Toronto Blue Jays.  The 22-year-old allowed four earned runs over 7 1/3 innings, giving up three homers as part of 10 hits.

Monday’s opener against the White Sox saw Lyles earn a save in Houston’s 10-8 victory, retiring Chicago’s Avisail Garcia for the battle’s final out.  Astros outfielder Chris Carter cracked two of his side’s five homers, finishing with a 3-for-4 night.

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Ramirez outdueled by Angels

Ramirez picked up his first loss in eight starts with Saturday’s 5-1 setback for Seattle as a 119 home favorite to the Los Angeles Angels.  The Nicaragua native gave up two earned runs on seven hits, lasting 6 2/3 frames. 

Mariners mates Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse both went 0-for-4, with Morales leaving five men on base.  Seattle finished with nine hits, while the matchup’s combined six runs dipped UNDER the ‘total’ of eight. 

Back the Mariners as road ‘chalk’

Ramirez opened as a 132 road favorite on The Greek’s MLB odds board, while the shop first set the ‘total’ at a flat nine.  The series continues Friday with the debut of Mariners rookie Taijuan Walker in a duel of righties with Houston’s Brad Peacock. 

I am backing Ramirez and the Mariners in this spot, laying the premium in this opener as part of Thursday’s sports picks

Ramirez has been stingy in his trio of road starts, giving up a 0.93 WHIP and .236 OBP.  Seattle cashed at 3-0 over the stretch, while the team has gone 5-2 in its last seven road outings against righty starters. 

Lyles was lit up in last month’s home start against the Mariners, giving up 10 runs over four frames.  Seattle’s Nick Franklin and Michael Morse have both homered in a combined 13 at-bat’s against Lyles’ arm, while Dustin Ackley and Kendrys Morales have united to hit 4-for-5. 

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Houston is 2-7 in its last nine home dates against clubs with losing records, while going just 1-4 in Lyles’ last five starts on his hill as an underdog.  For our MLB picks, look for the Astros to be dealt another losing ticket here, with Seattle ending its losing streak by stealing this opener. 

Free Pick: Seattle Mariners -132 at William Hill

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