Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros 4/16/22 MLB Picks, Predictions, Odds

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The Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at T-Mobile Park. The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Seattle Mariners look to get a game above a .500 record.

The Houston Astros have scored five runs in their last three games and three or fewer runs in five of their first seven games. The Astros are 2-3 this season when scoring three or fewer runs. Chas McCormick leads the Astros with 8 hits and 1 RBI, while Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley have combined for 14 hits and 9 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Verlander is 16-9 with a 3.24 ERA and 215 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.

The Seattle Mariners have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Mariners have won three of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. JP Crawford leads the Mariners with 11 hits and 1 RBI, while Adam Frazier and Ty France have combined for 15 hits and 12 RBI. Chris Flexen gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Flexen is 0-3 with a 7.78 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The Mariners are 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog. The under is 4-0 in Astros last 4 overall. The under is 5-2 in Mariners last 7 overall. The Astros are 25-11 in the last 36 meetings in Seattle and 39-14 in the last 53 meetings.

Justin Verlander looked sharp in his first game back, and we know he’s only going to get better with more innings under his belt. Chris Flexen was shaky at best in his opener and outside last season, he’s been a below average pitcher if we’re being honest. We also know the Houston Astros offense isn’t going to be riding the struggle bus forever. With all that, I have to side with the Astros and the reasonable juice.

Author: Lucy Green