MLB Picks: Mariners vs. Astros

Jeff Grant

Monday, April 22, 2013 12:49 PM GMT

Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 12:49 PM GMT

The Houston Astros have the worst record in the AL entering Monday, but they did manage to total 24 runs in taking two of three on the road against the Seattle Mariners earlier this season.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for this American League West matchup at Minute Maid Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.

S(lumber) party

Seattle has scored four runs or less in its last 11 games, including totaling just three runs in suffering a three-game road sweep to the Texas Rangers, which ended with a 11-3 setback as +149 underdogs Sunday.

The Mariners have averaged just 1.78 runs in nine games since outfielder Michael Morse suffered a right hand injury, as he’s gone 3-for-24 (.125) at the plate with no home runs in playing the last six contests.

Striking out 

Houston leads the majors in striking out 173 times through 18 games, but Seattle (167) is next in line in that particular category, which is important to consider when making your sports picks Monday night

The Astros rank tied for 15th with the Los Angeles Angels in scoring 74 runs this season, while they’ve compiled a middle-of-the-pack .250 average as well. 

King Felix 

Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (1-2, 2.20 ERA) has watched the club drop his last three outings, as he didn’t earn a decision in a 2-1 home loss to the Detroit Tigers last time out—allowing one run (zero earned) and four hits over eight frames. 

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in two road outings this season, with opposing batters hitting just .180 against him.

Hernandez has compiled a 92-24 record and 2.95 ERA in 153 career starts when the offense provides him with at least two runs of support.

Peacock

Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock (1-1, 5.27 ERA) has watched the squad alternate wins and losses in his first three starts of the 2013 MLB campaign, as he didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 road setback to the Oakland Athletics last time out.

The right-hander hasn’t thrown more than five innings this season, but has issued seven walks and struck out 15 batters in 13.2 combined innings.

Peacock earned a 8-3 road victory over the Mariners on April 10, as he allowed three runs and four hits over five frames, but he did serve up a season-high two home runs in that affair.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Astros as one of their MLB picks Monday night, as the Mariners are 1-9 in Hernandez’ last 10 starts, while the Astros have been playing competitive baseball outside of two lopsided scores in their last 10 contests.

MLB Pick:  Houston Astros +160 at 5Dimes

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