Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 3 (5/3): MLB

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 3 (5/3): MLB

Credit: photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Mariners money line +130
Mariners run line +1.5 (-150)
Astros money line -155
Astros run line -1.5 (+130)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Seattle Mariners Houston Astros
Record 12-11 12-11
Road / home record 5-9 3-4
Last 10 record 5-5 6-4
Streak L1 W1
Over / under record 11-12 7-16
Runs / game 4.43 3.70
Runs allowed / game 3.70 3.74

 

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners will play the 2nd game of the series at the Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. The Astros won the first game 3-0. Yordan Alvarez hit a solo homer and rookie Jeremy Peña added a two-run shot to back up Odorizzi and help the Astros snap a two-game skid.

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners get here with a 12-11 record and have lost 5 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.43 runs and allowing 3.70 runs per game. JP Crawford is batting for a .375 AVG. Ty France has 5 home runs and 21 RBI.

Gonzales yielded a season-high eight hits with three runs in six innings.

Probable Pitcher: Chris Flexen (1-3, 3.38 ERA)

Flexen will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Mariners. Flexen received the loss after allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in 6.2 innings in a 2-1 defeat Thursday in Tampa Bay. He struck out four. In his last 3 starts against the Astros he has a 7.20 ERA in 15.2 innings.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 12-11 record and have won 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 3.70 runs per game and are allowing 3.74 runs. Kyle Tucker has 4 home runs 15 RBI. Michael Brantley is batting for .286 avg and Yordan Alvarez has 7 home runs.

Odorizzi allowed four hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings for his second straight win after dropping his first two decisions this season.

Probable Pitcher:  Cristian Javier (1-0, 1.35 ERA)

Javier will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Astros. He limited the Rangers to two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings in his first start April 27 in Arlington. He hasn't allowed a single run against the Mariners across 13 innings pitched.

BETTING TRENDS

Seattle are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.

Seattle are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

Houston are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games against Seattle.

Prediction

Flexen has struggled this season and it's hard to back him at this point. Cristian Javier has seen limited action so far but he looked good and has dominated the Mariners holding them to zero runs in his last 2 starts. Expect the Astros to take care of business again at home and secure the series.

PICK: Astros ML (-155)

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