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Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners Betting Preview

It’s a big Major League Baseball game on Monday, as the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners get together in Major League Baseball.

This is a huge game, as the winner of the game will be in a position to reach the postseason in the American League with just a handful of games to go.

The Houston Astros are in second place in the American League West with an 85-71 record. The Seattle Mariners are 84-71 and third place in the division. Houston is 2.5 games behind the Texas Rangers, while the Mariners are three games behind. Houston is the third wildcard, with the Mariners chasing just behind them.

The Seattle Mariners are favorites in this game. You can bet the Seattle Mariners at -125 in this game.

Seattle Controls Own Destiny

The Seattle Mariners could not get things going in the series sweep at the hands of the Texas Rangers. The Mariners allowed 19 runs in the season and were shut out in the loss on Saturday. But, the new week, and the trip home, and the Mariners have their fade in their own hands.

The Mariners will look to their slugger Julio Rodriguez to anchor the offense. Rodriguez has had a solid season with a .284 batting average, while he has dlubbed 31 home runs and drove in 100 runs. The Mariners are hitting .243 as a team and are 12th in Major League Baseball in runs.

The pitching for Seattle has been solid all season long. The Mariners are 1st in team earned run average, with a 3.72. The Mariners have seen opponents his .238 against them, which is the 6th best. Seattle is second in baseball with 71 quality starts. The pitching was not good in the loss on Sunday, as they allowed six home runs to Texas.

Luis Castillo takes the mound for Seattle. Castillo is 14-7 on the season, with a 3.06 earned run average. Castillo has thrown 188.1 innings on the season and struck out 207 batters. Castillo has turned into the Seattle ace for much of the 2023 season.

Defending Champs in a Dog Fight

There is no doubt that the defending World Series Champions are in a major dogfight to get back to the postseason. Houston put themselves in that spot, though, with three straight losses to one of the worst teams in all of Major League Baseball. Kansas City outscored Houston 16-12 in the series.

Houston will need to get more offense from their top dogs. Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez are those guys. Tucker leads the team with a .281 batting average, while Alvarez is a single home run away from 30 on the season. Tucker needs just two to get to 30 as well.

The Houston offense is in the Top 10 in most offensive categories. The Astros are fifth in runs scored and fourth with a team batting average of .259 on the season.

Justin Verlander will go for the Houston Astros in this game. The veteran sits with an 11-8 record on the season and a 3.44 earned run average. Verlander has thrown 149.1 innings on the season and allowed 134 hits while striking out 131 batters.

Mariners Pick up Massive September Win

Luis Castillo is ready to pitch in some meaningful games. He will have a chance to pitch this game and then another later in the week. The Mariners and Astros are both struggling right now.

Sure, the Astros have a veteran in Justin Verlander, but Seattle has the home-field advantage here. This is a game we will take the home team and make things very interesting in the American League West.

Betting the Seattle Mariners at -125 over the Houston Astros is the way to go in this game.

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