Houston Looks To End Skid
The Seattle Mariners try to climb above .500 with their third straight victory when they face the Houston Astros in the second of a three-game series between AL West rivals on Saturday night. Seattle took the series opener on Friday 11-1 in its first home game of the season.
Houston dropped its second in a row as it continues a nine-game road trip to start the 2022 campaign. Both teams are looking to get the edge in this one, so to help you decide how to bet online on this one, check out our in-depth preview of the contest.
Astros Continue To Struggle To Score Runs
The Houston Astros have gotten off to a slow start at the plate, ranking 24th in baseball with a .211 team batting average. They’re also tied for 24th in total runs, scoring just 25 in their first seven games.
Friday night was another example of the team’s struggles, as the Astros managed five hits and one run in their second straight loss. The top three spots in the lineup – Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman – went a combined 1-for-12.
Outfielder Jose Siri had the lone RBI in the game as he continues to be a bright spot for Houston. The 26-year-old is batting .429 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and five runs scored.
Houston is hoping it won’t need much offense on Saturday with veteran Justin Verlander on the mound. The 39-year-old had a solid first start this season after missing the entire 2021 campaign, going five innings against the Los Angeles Angels on April 9 and allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Frazier, Mariners Happy To Be Home
If the Seattle Mariners can keep playing like they did in their home opener, they will be in contention for the AL West title and more this season. That goes double for second baseman Adam Frazier, who struggled in the season’s first few games before going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored in Friday’s win.
“I felt like I had some tough luck on the road. First road trip, I guess,” Frazier said after Friday’s victory. “I felt good coming out of spring, then felt like I lost it a little bit. So, try to build on tonight.”
Frazier is in his first season with Seattle after splitting time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres in 2021. He’s now hitting .229 with two doubles, one triple, six RBIs and four runs scored.
Outfielder Mitch Haniger hasn’t had many hits but when he has, he’s done damage. Haniger is batting .176 with nine strikeouts, but he also has a double, three home runs, seven RBIs and three runs scored.
Right-hander Chris Flexen will get the start. Flexen took the loss in his first outing in 2022, going 4⅓ innings against the Minnesota Twins on Monday and allowing three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking three.
Astros vs Mariners Head-to-Head
The Houston Astros have dominated their series against the Seattle Mariners over the last few seasons, though it got a little closer last year. Houston took 11 of 19 meetings in 2021 after going a combined 25-4 against Seattle in the previous two campaigns.
The Mariners have fared well at home against Houston in the last two seasons, winning seven of the 11 meetings at T-Mobile Park. The Astros’ dominance and expected success this season has the MLB lines giving them the slight edge in Saturday’s contest.
Astros vs Mariners Game Information
- Game: Astros (4-3) at Mariners (4-4)
- Location: T-Mobile Park
- Day/Time: Saturday, 9:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Astros vs Mariners Betting Lines
Astros vs Mariners Prediction
Having Verlander on the mound is going to be a positive for the Houston Astros. The veteran should be able to keep the Astros in the game as they pick up the season-tying victory over the Seattle Mariners.
When doing your MLB betting, take Houston to get the road win.