It’s been a rough start to the season for the Seattle Mariners, who couldn’t overcome a slow start last year and failed to reach the postseason. It is not what the Mariners drew up when they signed Robinson Cano to a fat contract, luring him away from the Yankees to lead a winning team in Seattle. Cano and the Mariners have been on the losing side of the equation since they’ve signed him, with not much of a solid ROI with Cano in the lineup.
The only season the Mariners got their money worth with Cano was last season, when he belted 39 HRs, an improvement from 14 and 21 long balls in his first two years with the club. Cano couldn’t save the team, though, as there were too many holes to fill on this roster for the Mariners. Seattle are coming off a 10-9 loss to the Angels on Sunday, to give them a record of 1-4 heading into their home series against the Houston Astros.
I know it’s too early to jump to any conclusions, but here we are again with the Mariners getting off to an anemic start to the season. It continued all the way through the first-half of the season, before they started to wake up and push towards the postseason. They didn’t do enough to overcome their early season faults.
For the Astros, they’ve seen highs and lows the last two years. They were a surprise contender in 2015, and then were among World Series’ favorites going into the 2016 campaign. Perhaps they got a little too comfortable, because the ‘Stros failed to reach the postseason and had one of the most disappointing seasons in the majors. Not much positive can be said about these two clubs last season, as they look to erase the taste of disgust from their mouths in 2017. Let’s get right to our Astros vs. Mariners pick for Monday in MLB.
Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Charlie Morton (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. James Paxton (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Both pitchers featured in our MLB pick on Monday are in similar positions. Both are in spots where they can play critical roles in their rotations for their squads this year. Charlie Morton and James Paxton have shown the ability to play quality baseball, but neither have become pitchers an amateur baseball fan could immediately identity. Morton the veteran, while Paxton is still looking to cement his career.
Paxton has been solid as a pitcher can be through his first four years at the major league level. However, he hasn’t pitched a full season. He posted a 3.79 ERA in 2016, 3.90 in 2015, and a 3.04 ERA in thirteen starts the year prior.
Paxton was fantastic in his opener in 2017, allowing no runs and just 2 hits in 6 innings of action against the Astros on the 5th. His last three outings, dating back to last season have all been against the ‘Stros. Paxton surrendered 3 runs in 5 innings back in September. Morton has been around since 2008, and is still hanging in there. Last season he posted an ERA of 4.15, with a 4.81 ERA in 2015. You know what you’re going to get with Morton. With Paxton on the hump, I like the Mariners to get back on track with a win, and winning pick for us to get the week started, as we seek our sixth winner in a row.
PICK: MARINERS (-128)