I suffered my worst beat of the season last night, as the Yankees blew a 6-1 lead, going on to lose off a walk-off with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, 7-6 final. That’s enough to put some people on tilt alert, but that’s something that can demolish a bankroll. Week 1 of the NFL isn’t even here yet, so let’s forget about it and move on to tonight.
We head to Seattle, where the Astros are fresh off a 3-1 win behind the newly acquired Justin Verlander. Verlander propelled the Astros, while the offense took care of things in the top of the 7th. It’s another win for the ‘Stros, and they will look for a sweep of the Mariners tonight at Safeco. Verlander will take a win for the first time with a team other than the Tigers. Lance McCullers will try and pick up where Verlander left off.
The Astros are cruising right now, and the addition of JV only adds to the firepower they have. With another win last night, the Astros extended their lead in the AL West to 14 games. That race is over, but they are still in a fight with the Indians for the 1st overall seed in the American League. The Astros with 85 wins and the Indians 82 on the year. It would make for quite the ALCS if the Astros and Indians meet. There is capable pitching and power littering both lineups. The Red Sox are not going to be an easy out, either.
It’s been a blow to the Mariners’ postseason chances lately. The Astros have been spoiling their day, getting a couple of quick wins over them, after the Mariners won a week series over the A’s. Like I said, the Astros were not the team that the Mariners wanted to see at this point in the year. They’re 2.5 back of the final wildcard, so it could be better, it could be worse.
I give the Mariners a ton of credit for hanging around in this fight without their top 3 pitchers, Paxton, Hernandez, and Iwakuma. Majority of teams would have folded up like a cardboard box if they lost that in their rotation. So, in that sense, it’s nice to look at it that way for the optimistic Mariner fan. At the same time, it’s mighty frustrating to be without those three in the wildcard race. We will look to shake off a bad beat last night, and come right back with a winning pick tonight. Get our free Astros vs. Mariners pick below.
Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Lance McCullers (7-3, 3.92 ERA) vs. Andrew Moore (1-3, 6.34 ERA)
McCullers would like to find a groove before the end of September. He is one reason why the Astros wanted to beef up their rotation, as they felt they needed some help, upgrading. McCullers is coming back from the DL, making his first start since hitting it after a poor start against the Tigers on July 30th. He hit the DL after posting an ERA of 9.42 in his previous three starts. McCullers was getting whipped around pretty good before the Astros put an end to it. It was a minor back injury, which would be enough to impact throwing mechanics. His ERA ballooned to 3.92 from a 2.69 ERA in just five starts.
McCullers will make his long-awaited return against Andrew Moore of the Mariners. Moore is another guy that is here filling in for the loss of pitchers in the starting rotation. He holds a 6.34 ERA with a 1-3 record in 2017. He hasn’t allowed less than 3 runs in any start this season. Also, Moore has an ERA of 8.04 in his last three outings. During that span, he’s allowed 13 earned runs. I expect McCullers to look much better than he did before going on the DL. He may not revert straight back to All-Star form, but this should be an easy matchup for him against Moore and the Mariners.
PICK: ASTROS (-140)