10:10 p.m. ET – Astros (-115) at Mariners O/U: 8
The 6-6 Astros are riding a five-game losing streak into Seattle as they open up their three-game set against the 8-5 Mariners on Friday night. Houston most recently was swept at home by the lowly Tigers, getting outscored 20-8 over a three-game span.
About the Astros
The Astros have fallen victim to COVID-19 protocols that have forced them to be without Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez for over a week, none of whom will play in this series. Houston ranks fourth in the majors in runs scored per game and third in hits per game. However, a large portion of that success came when its lineup was at full strength.
First baseman Yuli Gurriel has stepped up while the heart of the order is sidelined, batting .429 through 12 games. Shortstop Carlos Correa has picked up the slack as well, with three home runs in his last seven games while batting .308 in that span. Left fielder Michael Brantley is batting .324 for the season, but has hit just .200 in his last seven games. Houston cannot afford for one of its few healthy key pieces to be cold with Altuve, Bregman, and Alvarez not in the lineup. The Astros’pitching ranks 15th in the majors with a 4.29 ERA.
About the Mariners
Seattle is looking to vault themselves out of a rebuild and into contention in 2021. Leading the way for the Mariners so far has been outfielder Mitch Haniger, batting .321 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Haniger being such a success has been a much-needed and welcome addition for the Mariners this season.
Haniger’s success has been so necessary due to 2020 American League Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis being on the Injured List with a knee injury suffered during spring training. The Mariners are going to need other young talent, such as outfielder Taylor Trammell, to step up and help Haniger in Lewis’ absence.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Houston Astros||-1½ (+135)||-110||O 8 (-115)|
|Seattle Mariners||+1½ (-160)||-110||U 8 (-105)|
The Pitching Matchup
The Astros are turning to right-hander Jose Urquidy to try and end their five-game skid. Urquidy is 0-1 this season with a 5.23 ERA in two starts where he threw 10.1 innings and racked up 12 strikeouts. Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi is getting the ball for the Mariners after posting a 3.75 ERA in a combined 12 innings pitched over two starts this season.
The only reason the Astros are favored is because odds makers know the public is going to bet on the team they are more familiar with and much of the public assumes this is the same bad Seattle team of recent years.