Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners Prediction, 8/31/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Location: T-Mobile Park in Seattle, WA
TV: Root Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-185) Seattle (+140)
Yusei Kikuchi and the Seattle Mariners (70-61, 3rd in AL West) play the Houston Astros (77-53, 1st in AL West) at T-Mobile Park on Tuesday. The Mariners open this game at +140 while the Astros are priced at -185. The over/under is set at 8. The starting pitchers are Lance McCullers Jr and Yusei Kikuchi.
The Astros have accrued 245 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 169 balls out of the park. Houston has a slugging rate of .441 and have struck out 984 times, while being walked on 459 occasions. As a unit, the Houston Astros are knocking in 5.4 runs/g, which puts them at 1st in the league. They have 668 RBI's in addition to 1,197 base knocks on the campaign, while their team batting average is .268. They have accounted for 695 runs and have an on-base percentage of .339.
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The Astros hold a team ERA of 3.68 for the season (5th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 1,184 batters. They have walked 421 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.07 as a unit on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.81 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.21. Astros pitchers have given up 153 home runs and 519 runs in total (7th in the league).
The Astros bullpen have recorded a save percentage of 59.6% and stepped onto the hill in 104 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 160 base runners on the campaign with 36.3% of those players crossed home plate. Astros bullpen pitchers have come into the game with players on base 109 times as well as having 120 appearances in high leverage situations. The Astros have dispatched 396 relievers to the mound for the season. The relievers have a total of 56 holds on the campaign (23rd in MLB). They have compiled 28 saves for the season and have blown 19 of their 47 save opportunities.
The Astros have turned 71.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of 10,431 innings, which has them sitting 3rd in professional baseball. The Houston Astros have a tally of 3,477 putouts this season, as well as 1,126 assists and 51 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .989 which has them ranked 1st in the majors, and have accumulated 943 double plays.
McCullers has taken the ball for 636 frames and has racked up 716 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. McCullers (42-29 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.34 while he has faced 2,681 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.62 (256 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.259. He has allowed 543 base knocks (7.7 hits per nine innings) and has had 258 walks.
The Mariners hold a team slugging percentage of .382 and they are earning 4.20 runs per game (23rd in MLB). They have recorded 179 two-baggers, while taking a walk 426 times as well as earning 550 runs. Seattle has knocked in 163 HRs for the year and 530 runs batted in. They have struck out on 1,241 occasions (5th in baseball) and have totaled 962 hits. The Seattle Mariners have an OBP of .299 in addition to a batting average of .223 so far this year.
The Mariners hold a team WHIP of 1.284 and have a FIP of 4.26 as a team on the year. They are sitting at 20th in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 1,101. The Seattle pitching staff have yielded 610 runs for the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.35 (561 earned runs yielded). Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.74 (1,065 strikeouts vs 388 bases on balls). They have conceded 159 home runs and they surrender 4.73 runs per 9 innings (16th in MLB).
Seattle relievers have an inherited score percentage of 29.1% out of 165 inherited runners. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 163 times in high leverage situations and on 127 occasions with runners on. With 135 save situations, the Mariners have accumulated 71 holds and also 26 blown saves. They are currently ranked 21st in baseball holding a save percentage of 59.4%, and they have dispatched 455 relief pitchers to the mound this year. Seattle has had bullpen pitchers enter the contest in 64 save opportunities and they have tallied 38 saves.
The Seattle Mariners have turned 115 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .986 (7th in baseball). The Mariners have accrued 1,159 assists, 64 errors and are sitting with 3,481 putouts for the season. Out of their 10,443 innings played, the Mariners have earned a defensive efficiency of 69.7% (14th in MLB).
Kikuchi (15-22 career record) is the owner of a 4.97 earned run average while giving up 9.3 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.55 and he has faced 1,489 opposing hitters during his MLB career. He has given up a total of 191 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.382 and having a FIP of 5.0. In his MLB career, Kikuchi has surrendered 357 base knocks while he has totaled 308 strikeouts in 346 innings pitched.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (-185)
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