There comes a point in every MLB season where a great division race suddenly starts to go heavily in the direction of one team, leaving the chasing pack to shift their attention to the Wild Card. The races across all the divisions are so tight that many have yet to reach that tipping point, although it is beginning to look as though the AL West might be just about there. The Seattle Mariners hung in there for a good portion of the season, but they are on a slide that has allowed the Oakland A’s to pass them, while the World Series Champions Houston Astros seem to be clicking things into high gear. The Astros have maintained a pretty steady lead at the top for a while now, and with the number of games remaining in the regular season beginning to tick down, the chances of them letting that lead slip look slimmer by the day. The Astros and Mariners start a 4-game MLB series on Thursday that could go a long way towards deciding the division.


MLB Series Seattle Mariners Vs Houston Astros Betting Analysis 1

Game 1

🏆: Seattle Mariners Vs Houston Astros
⚾: James Paxton (L) vs Justin Verlander (R)
🏟️: Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX
⏰: Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 8:10p ET
📺: ATSW, RTNW
🎰: Houston Astros -1½ +140 | -162 | U 6½ -105

Game 2

🏆: Seattle Mariners Vs Houston Astros
⚾: Mike Leake (R) vs Gerrit Cole (R)
🏟️: Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX
⏰: Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 8:10p ET
📺: ATSW, RTNW
🎰: TBA

Game 3

🏆: Seattle Mariners Vs Houston Astros
⚾: Wade LeBlanc (L) vs Charlie Morton (R)
🏟️: Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX
⏰: Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 7:10p ET
📺: ATSW, RTNW
🎰: TBA

Game 4

🏆: Seattle Mariners Vs Houston Astros
⚾: Felix Hernandez (R) vs Dallas Keuchel (L)
🏟️: Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX
⏰: Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 2:10p ET
📺: ATSW, RTNW
🎰: TBA

 

MLB Series Seattle Mariners Vs Houston Astros Betting Analysis 2After a very promising first half, the Seattle Mariners have seen their challenge for the division crown begin to slip away. They are just 7-9 in the second half of the season, a run that has dropped them down into 3rd in the West and 7 ½ games out of first. It’s not all doom and gloom for Seattle, though, as they are just two games back of their division rivals, the Oakland A’s, for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. The only problem there is that the A’s are picking up momentum at the right time while the Mariners continue to skid. Seattle has a chance to feel good about themselves if they can beat the Rangers and get a series win on Wednesday afternoon. That said, they are still going to need to find a way to better their 3-6 record against the Astros this season.

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MLB SeriesThe recent 5-game losing skid suffered by the Houston Astros is now beginning to look like nothing more than a minor blip on the radar. Since breaking out of that slump, Houston has won 6 of their last 7 games, including some late inning heroics to take both games in their interleague series against the San Francisco Giants. The Astros will now get a well-deserved day off before welcoming in the Mariners, a team that they have handled quite easily this season. These two did split their last meeting in Houston, with the Mariners outscoring the Astros 12-8 in those 2 games. While it is true that the Astros have been much better on the road, they are still a very respectable 32-24 at home, so no real need for concern there.

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MLB Series Seattle Mariners Vs Houston Astros Betting Analysis 3I think it’s probably fair to suggest that the Mariners now have their eyes firmly on the Wild Card, as that now seems their only way in. They really need to win this series in a big way, but that is something I don’t see happening. I like the Astros to take 3 of 4 here.

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