Astros vs. Mariners Monday Prediction
The Houston Astros are once again a game ahead of the A’s and 4.5 games up on the Seattle Mariners, whom they’ll visit for a new series on Monday. Will the ‘Stros take Game 1 of the series and cash on the runline?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, August 20, 2018
10:10 p.m. ET, Safeco Field
TV: HOU (ATTH); SEA (RSNW)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Astros as a -175 favorite. As of this writing, 66% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Astros to beat the Mariners on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Astros’ Cole hurls gem against Rockies
Gerrit Cole fanned 12 while allowing one run in six innings Wednesday in defeating the Rockies. Cole reached double figures in strikeouts for the seventh time this season, though just the second time since May 4. The win tonight was his second in his last nine starts.
Mariners’ Hernandez to take Paxton’s spot in rotation
Felix Hernandez will take James Paxton's spot in the rotation Monday against the Astros. Hernandez was recently demoted to the bullpen and made his first career relief appearance on Tuesday, but he's set to return to the rotation with Paxton (forearm) on the mend. The Mariners are hoping that Paxton will be back somewhere around the minimum, so it could be a short stay. King Felix owns a rough 5.62 ERA this season.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros have lost six of their last seven games versus the American League West.
The Mariners are 21-8 in their last 29 home games versus a right-handed starter.
The Astros are 10-2 in their last 12 games in Seattle and are 4-1 against the Mariners in Hernandez’s last five starts. The Astros are also 9-4 in Cole’s last 13 road starts, are 18-7 in his last 25 outings overall, and are 25-12 in their last 37 games following a win. Meanwhile, the Mariners have lost all five of Hernandez’s last five starts and are 0-6 in his last six outings versus a team with a winning record.
The Pick: Houston Astros -1.5