Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros Prediction, 8/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros
Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (+140) Houston (-185)
Yusei Kikuchi and the Seattle Mariners (65-56, 3rd in AL West) are headed to Minute Maid Park on Friday where they'll meet the Houston Astros (70-50, 1st in AL West). The odds on this contest have the Mariners priced at +140 and the Astros are at -185. The over/under has been set at 7.5. The men taking the mound will be Yusei Kikuchi and Lance McCullers Jr.
The Mariners have hit 164 doubles as a team and have knocked 150 baseballs out of the stadium. Seattle has a slugging % of .382 and have struck out 1,134 times, while being walked on 391 occasions. As a team, the Seattle Mariners are notching 4.2 runs per game, which is 22nd in the league. They have tallied 484 RBI's and 873 base knocks for the season, and their average at the plate comes in at .222. They have 504 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .299.
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The Mariners have compiled a team earned run average of 4.27 for the season (15th in the league), and their staff has rung up 995 hitters. They have walked 364 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.20 as a team this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.73 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.27. Mariners pitchers have surrendered 141 home runs in addition to 547 runs in total (15th in MLB).
The Mariners have sent 419 relievers to the hill for the season. The relief pitchers have inherited 145 base runners this year with 28.3% of those runners ended up scoring. They have compiled 33 saves for the year and have blown 24 of 57 save opportunities. The Mariners bullpen have recorded a save percentage of 57.9% and has entered the game in 127 save situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 70 holds for the year (6th in MLB). Mariners bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 110 times in addition to having 148 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Seattle Mariners have a total of 3,196 putouts on the year, in addition to 1,064 assists and 58 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .987 which has them ranked 5th in MLB, and have earned 876 double plays. The Mariners have turned 69.8% of balls in play into outs out of their 9,588 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 13th in professional baseball.
Kikuchi has thrown 338 innings and has accumulated 303 strikeouts in his MLB career. His ERA is 4.79 (180 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.368. He has conceded 346 base knocks (9.2 hits per 9 innings) with 117 free passes. Kikuchi (15-21 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.90 while he has faced 1,451 hitters during his time in the majors.
The Astros hold a slugging percentage of .438 and they average 5.30 runs per outing (1st in the league). They have notched 222 two-baggers, while taking a walk 421 times and scoring 636 runs. Houston has 157 HRs so far this year and 611 RBIs. They have struck out on 913 occasions (30th in the league) and have earned a total of 1,092 base knocks. The Houston Astros have recorded a team OBP of .338 in addition to a team batting average of .266 this season.
The Astros have a team WHIP of 1.214 in addition to having a FIP of 4.09 as a squad for the year. They sit at 6th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 899. The Houston pitching staff have surrendered 475 runs this season and come in with a team ERA of 3.65 (432 earned runs given up). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.76 (1,089 strikeouts against 395 bases on balls). They have yielded 140 dingers and they concede 4.01 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league).
Houston bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 35.8% out of their 151 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 108 times in high leverage situations and on 99 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 95 save situations, the Astros have recorded 52 holds and 17 blown saves. They rank 18th in MLB holding a save percentage of 59.5%, and they have sent 363 relievers onto the diamond on the year. Houston has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 42 save chances and they have recorded 25 saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 87 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .989 (1st in professional baseball). The Astros have 1,021 assists, 48 errors and have 3,198 putouts on the campaign. Out of their 9,594 innings on the diamond, the Astros have earned a defensive efficiency of 71.7% (3rd in MLB).
So far in his MLB career, McCullers has allowed 533 hits while he has accumulated 701 strikeouts in 623 innings. He has given up a total of 250 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.261 and a FIP of 3.3. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.77 and he has faced 2,629 opposing batters so far in his career. McCullers (41-29 win-loss record in his career) has a 3.61 earned run average and has surrendered 7.7 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Seattle (+140)
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