Astros Looking for Second Straight Win
The Houston Astros try to stay above .500 when they take on the division rival Seattle Mariners in the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday night. Houston took the series opener on Monday, 3-0, to move into a tie for second place in the AL West with the Mariners, with both teams sitting 2½ games behind the first-place Los Angeles Angels. Seattle dropped to 2-5 on its current road trip with the loss. This game should be a good one. Before you decide on how you want to bet online, make sure you check out our in-depth preview of the game.
Mariners Look for More Offensive Punch
The Seattle Mariners have had their trouble scoring runs on this road trip, finishing with two or fewer runs in four of their losses, including getting shut out on Monday night. Seattle has a top 10 offense when it comes to scoring runs, but lately, the consistency at the plate has been waning.
Shortstop J.P. Crawford was 1-for-2 with a walk on Monday night, extending his current hitting streak to 11 games. Crawford is tied for second in the majors with a .375 batting average, adding six doubles, one triple, four home runs, 10 RBIs, and 13 runs scored.
Third baseman Ty France is 10th in baseball with his .341 batting average. France has three doubles, five home runs, 21 RBIs (tied for second in the majors), and 12 runs scored.
Right-hander Chris Flexen will get the start for Tuesday’s contest for the Mariners. Flexen is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts, striking out 15 over 24 innings of work. Flexen took the loss in his last outing, going 6⅔ innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two.
Astros Get a Lift From Solid Pitching Performance
The Houston Astros haven’t been doing a great job at the plate this season, but when they get solid pitching, they can be a hard team to beat. Another example of that was Monday night, with Jake Odorizzi throwing 6⅔ shutout innings to help the team to the series-opening win.
“It’s just good to be able to have success, go execute a game plan, give the team a chance to win,” Odorizzi said after Monday’s win.
Houston will turn to right-hander Christian Javier for the start in Tuesday’s contest. Javier is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in one start and four total appearances this season. Javier made the start in his last outing, picking up the win after going five innings against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday and allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking two.
Outfielder Yordan Alvarez had a home run in Monday’s win, his third in four games. Alvarez now has a team-high seven on the season in just 18 games, driving in 13 runs and scoring 13 times.
Outfielder Kyle Tucker has also been a consistent threat at the plate, batting .262 with three doubles, four home runs, 15 RBIs, and eight runs scored. Designated hitter Michael Brantley was 2-for-4 on Monday to raise his team-best batting average to .286.
Mariners vs Astros Head-to-Head
These AL West rivals have split their first four matchups of the season, with the Seattle Mariners winning two of three at home before Monday’s road loss. The home team had the edge in last year’s season series – won by the Houston Astros – with each club winning a majority of the matchups on their home field.
Houston has won the overall season series against the Mariners in each of the last three seasons. Looking at the MLB lines for Tuesday’s game, the home team is getting the edge once again, with Houston favored to come out on top.
Mariners vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Mariners (12-11) vs Astros (12-11)
- Location: Minute Maid Park
- Day/Time: Tuesday, May 3rd. 8:10 p.m. ET
- Mariners vs Astros Live Stream: MLB.tv
Mariners vs Astros Betting Lines
|Seattle Mariners||+1½ -150||+137||8½ -110o||3½-125o / 3½-105u|
|Houston Astros||-1½ +130||-152||8½-110u||4½Evo / 4½-130u|
Mariners vs Astros Prediction
The Seattle Mariners play much better at home, but they’re going to need to learn to win on the road, especially against division foes. They’ll have more punch to their offense in this one, but we still like the Houston Astros to come out on top.
When making your MLB picks, take Houston to get the victory.