Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/14/2020
Game: Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros
Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Mariners (+166) Astros (-180)
Shed Long and the Seattle Mariners (7-13, 5th in AL West) go to Minute Maid Park on Friday where they'll take on the Houston Astros (8-10, 3rd in AL West). The Mariners open this game at +166 while the Astros are coming in at -180. The total is set at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Yusei Kikuchi and Framber Valdez.
Key Seattle Mariners Injuries
8/11/2020 Yoshihisa Hirano RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/10/2020 Carl Edwards RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/9/2020 Kendall Graveman SP Neck Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/7/2020 Austin Adams RP Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/12/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
8/9/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
8/9/2020 Aledmys Diaz DH Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
8/8/2020 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/8/2020 Joe Biagini RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Mariners have a 7-13 overall record this season. Kikuchi has thrown 177 innings and has racked up 132 K's in his MLB career. His earned run average is 5.44 (107 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.497. He has given up 209 base knocks (10.6 hits per nine innings) with 56 free passes. Kikuchi (6-12 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 5.40 and he has faced 783 batters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.78 and they have given up 73 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the bullpen and they've struck out 78 hitters and walked 47 batters. As a team, Seattle allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 5.66. The Mariners pitchers collectively have given up 157 base hits and 110 earned runs. They have allowed 28 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Seattle as a pitching staff has walked 85 batters and struck out 163. They have walked 4.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 5.03.
As a team Seattle is hitting .226, good for 22nd in the league. The Mariners hold a .366 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.6 hits per game. Shed Long is hitting .200 with an on-base percentage of .282. He has 14 hits this season in 70 at bats with 4 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .300 and an OPS+ of 67. Kyle Lewis is hitting .338 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .405. He has totaled 25 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 74 at bats. His OPS+ is 161 while his slugging percentage is at .514. The Mariners have 151 hits, including 31 doubles and 19 home runs. Seattle has walked 68 times so far this season and they have struck out 175 times as a unit. They have left 134 men on base and have a team OPS of .671. They score 4.1 runs per contest and have scored a total of 82 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 8-10 overall mark this year. In his MLB career, Valdez has conceded 112 hits and he has 121 strikeouts in 125 frames. He has given up 59 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.463 and having a FIP of 4.5. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.70 and he has gone up against 554 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. Valdez (8-10 career win-loss mark) has a 4.24 ERA and has allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.97 and they have given up 83 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 75 batters and walked 48 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 156 base knocks and 77 earned runs this season. They have given up 21 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 81 hitters and struck out 156 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.45.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 15th in the league. The Astros hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .187 with an OBP of .265. He has 14 hits this year along with 8 RBI in 75 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .333 with an OPS+ of 63. George Springer is hitting .188 this season and he has an OBP of .328. He has collected 9 hits in 48 at bats while driving in 12 runs. He has an OPS+ of 97 and a slugging percentage of .396. The Astros as a unit have 152 base hits, including 36 doubles and 21 homers. Houston has walked 79 times this year and they have struck out on 146 occasions. They have had 133 men left on base and have an OPS of .733. They have scored 5.17 runs per game and totaled 93 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Mariners/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Astros (-180)
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