MLB Picks: Mariners vs. Astros Monday Baseball

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 30, 2014 1:06 PM GMT

Collin McHugh isn’t a known commodity in Major League Baseball, which provides sports bettors value in backing the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for this American League West affair at Minute Maid Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.

Fallen into a pattern
Seattle has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it attempts to build off a 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians as -167 home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Mariners will be led offensively by third baseman Kyle Seager, who is batting .516 over his last eight games played, while they’ve captured eight of their last 10 meetings with the Astros at this ballpark.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 9-1 when playing on Monday during the 2014 campaign, with no edge in regards to the number (5-5 Over/Under).


Getting to know Altuve
Houston has created a profit (+32) for sports bettors despite entering this series opener with a 36-47 record, as it closed the weekend out by picking up a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers as +119 home underdogs.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will likely represent the squad in the upcoming 2014 MLB All-Star Game, considering he paces the AL with a .347 batting average and leads all players with 116 hits.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team has produced a 11-10 mark at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER going 11-8-2 in those 21 opportunities.


Walker
Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker will be making his 2014 MLB debut in this matchup, as he began the year on the disabled list with a right should impingement.

The right-hander has put together a 3-1 record and 3.38 ERA in eight outings between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma this season—striking out 46 batters over that span.

In two career appearances versus the Mariners, Walker has gone 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA.


McHugh
Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh (4-6, 2.86 ERA) has received just a single run of support during his current three-game losing streak—allowing nine runs (six earned) and 12 hits over 18 innings of work in that period of time.

The right-hander ranks second in the Majors in allowing opponents to hit just .187 against him, while sitting behind only six players in averaging 10.08 strikeouts per nine innings.

McHugh has registered a 1-1 record and 4.22 ERA in two lifetime outings in this series.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Astros as one of their MLB betting picks, as the Mariners are a lowly 18-25 when taking on teams with a losing record this season.
Pick:  Houston Astros 

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