Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros Betting Odds
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The Houston Astros essentially have run roughshod over the competition in their quest to repeat as World Series champions, however the American League West front-runners have failed to solve the mystery that is Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton. "The Big Maple" carries a 3-0 mark with a slim 0.87 ERA in three starts against the host Astros this season into the opener of a four-game series on Thursday.
Seattle surely could benefit from some solid pitching after surrendering 11 runs in back-to-back losses to Texas to fall to 2-7 in its last nine outings. Mike Zunino went deep twice in Wednesday's 11-7 loss to give him three homers among his five hits with four runs scored in his last two contests, although he is 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts versus Thursday starter Justin Verlander.
Houston received sterling pitching performances in all eight contests of its just-completed road trip, with wins in six of its last seven overall. The Astros are also flexing their muscles at the plate, with 13 homers in their last eight games - including Tyler White's two-run shot in the eighth inning of a 2-1 victory at San Francisco on Tuesday.
Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros Starting Pitchers Report
Mariners LH James Paxton (9-5, 3.51 ERA): Paxton silenced the Astros at Safeco Field on July 30, surrendering three hits while striking out eight over seven solid innings in a 2-0 win to improve to 6-3 with a 2.59 ERA in his career versus Houston. The 29-year-old British Columbia native has permitted 15 hits with 21 strikeouts against four walks in 20 2/3 frames against the Astros this season. Paxton fell to 1-3 in his last four starts despite yielding three runs on eight hits in seven innings of a 5-1 setback versus Toronto on Saturday.
Astros RH Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.19): Verlander is bidding for his 200th career win on the heels of matching his career high with 14 strikeouts while allowing one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings of Friday's 2-1 triumph at the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner has surrendered two or fewer runs in three straight starts and five of his last six. Verlander will be making his first start this season versus Seattle, against which he owns a 12-8 mark with a 3.01 ERA in 24 career starts.
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Seattle Mariners Betting Odds Trends
|Seattle is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games|
|Seattle is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 8 games|
|Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Seattle is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games on the road|
|Seattle is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Houston|
|Seattle is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games when playing Houston|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games when playing Houston|
|Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston|
Houston Astros Betting Odds Trends
|Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games|
|Houston is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games at home|
|Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home|
|Houston is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Seattle|
|Houston is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games when playing Seattle|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Seattle|
|Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle|
|Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Seattle|
Seattle at Houston Friday, August 10