Play the 'Total' for Mariners vs. Astros

Joe Catalano

Friday, May 2, 2014 1:43 PM GMT

Things don’t look so promising for the failing Houston Astros (9-19) as “King” Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners (12-14) hit Minute Maid Ball Park. Seattle surprised the Yanks and now Hernandez looks for his next victim.

“King” Felix Hernandez
This is a very weak Astros offense led by Jose Altuve and Jason Castro, this team is hitting a mere .210. That said, Houston is a very deep team offensively and their bats will have to wake up today as the best pitcher in the American League for the last decade, Felix Hernandez, has come to town and although the Mariners are a relatively soft hitting ball club themselves, Hernandez can shut a team down with little offensive support.


Not Worth the Money
Of course, Robinson Cano was the big off-season signing for the Mariners and although he’s the best hitter on the team, he hasn’t lived up to the hype for the 1st month of the season.

This is supposed to be one of the best hitting 2nd baseman of all-time that we’re talking about. Thus far, Cano is hitting .294 with 1 HR and 14 RBI in 102 at-bats.

That said, Cano got the best of his former team in the Bronx yesterday as the Mariners defeated the Yankees 4-2. Robbie managed to drive in 2 big runs. Look for Cano to improve as the season goes on and it could start today as Houston starter, Brad Peacock, poses little threat for a Mariners squad that hasn’t hit well this season.

Thus far, Seattle ranks near the bottom in most statistical offensive categories. They’re 26th in runs, 26th in batting average, 28th in on-base percentage, and 24th in slugging percentage.

As the betting odds indicate, Seattle has a distinct advantage in this game despite their suspect hitting and his name is Felix Hernandez.

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When Will They Officially Be Eliminated From Post Season Play?
Will it be August or September? Just kidding, folks. I’m making light of a team that’s simply horrible in the Houston Astros. The most attractive thing about the Astros is that unique slope in on their centerfield grass at Minute Maid Ball Park.

This is a team in which the management doesn’t want to pay for high priced player like Robinson Cano and they’re consistent losers every single season. The “Stros” coming off of a 7-0 beating administered by the Washington Nationals and starter Brett Oberholtzer is now 0-5 on the season!

Houston and their .210 team batting average just can’t seem to be consistent enough to win ball games. Jose Altuve leads this bottom-feeder with a .276 batting average. Dexter Fowler looked like the new Mike Trout at the beginning of the season and has now dropped down to .231.

The Astros do have power in the form of Matt Dominguez and Jason Castro, but both players can’t seem to hit for average. This team has a bunch of pieces, but are lacking a complete ball player like a Cano and without that, they’re going nowhere.


Outcome
Neither offense is that impressive, but to ensure safety, I’m buying an entire run from 5 Dimes Sportsbook and siding with the under.

Pick- Houston/Seattle Under 8.5 -141 at 5 Dimes (Buying 1 run)

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