The Houston Astros have exceeded expectations as they've won 6 straight games and lead the American League Central Division by 4 games over the Los Angeles Angels.
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First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m. ET at Minute Maid Ball Park in Houston, Texas. According to 5Dimes Sportsbook, the Astros are a -109 betting favorite and the total for the game is 8.5 runs. The MLB odds makers might be taking the Astros a little lightly as this is virtually a dead even game where the odds are concerned, but the Astros have been the far superior baseball team.
6 Games of Domination
During their 6 game winning streak, the Astros have pounded out 10 home runs while averaging a massive 8.5 runs per game and batting .292. The question is "Do the Mariners have any chance in this game?" The Astros appear to be unstoppable and the odds are ripe for the picking.
The Feldman Factor
Odds makers could possibly be looking at the fact that Houston starter, Scott Feldman, is 0-5 with an 8.20 ERA in his last 6 starts against the Mariners.
That said, Feldman (2-2, 4.81) will be looking for his third consecutive win of the season while Mariners starter, James Paxton, (0-2, 6.86) hasn't won a game in 8 starts dating back to last season. I would definitely give Feldman the edge with his experience and the Astros carry a massive amount of momentum coming into this game.
Setting the Tone
The Astros have players such as Luis Valbuena (5 HR, 9 RBI) Colby Rasmus (4 HR, 9 RBI), Jed Lowrie (4 HR, 10 RBI), and George Springer (3 HR, 11 RBI) that can pound the baseball out of any baseball park, but Jose Altuve is the star of this team.
Altuve is starting just where he left off last season as he's hitting 2 HR, 15 RBI, .355 BA with 8 SB. Altuve isn't a player that contains tons of power, but he can hit the baseball out of the park and is a small ball hitter with blazing speed. Last season, Altuve hit .341. He's a player that provides a team with a near .400 on base percentage on a yearly basis and will contend for the league MVP. This is a player that continues to get better and is the main reason why the Astros are divisional leaders.
Cruz and Cano
While the Astros are on top of the world, they must not overlook the combination of Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano. Cano has gotten off to a really slow start to the season. In my opinion, he was made for Yankee Stadium and should've stayed there, but the numbers will be there at the end of the season.
Where Nelson Cruz is concerned, he got busted for PED's, but assuming that he's clean, he continues to tear the cover off of the baseball as he's a one man show, leading the Mariners offense with 10 HR, 22 RBI, and a .337 BA.
Power numbers have been down in the major leagues for the last couple of the seasons due to PED testing and if Cruz is hiding something, he's doing a great job as his production has remained at a high level. The Mariners are a baseball team slightly below .500 and without Cruz, they would be bottom-feeders.
There's nothing to think about here. The Astros are the far superior baseball team, playing at home, and the odds are spectacular. Take into account that Mariners starter James Paxton can't win a game and the Mariners offense has been fairly non-existent, the Astros should have no trouble in tonight's matchup as they win their 7th consecutive game so back them with your MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Houston Astros -109 at 5Dimes