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MLB Picks: July 23

By Adam Ortega

Seattle, Washington will play host to a Saturday afternoon American League West clash between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Mariners. There are many implications to this series, the main one being that these are the number one and number two teams in the division. Although they are side by side in the standings, the Astros hold a ten-game lead in the standings over the Mariners.

Scheduled to toe the mound for the Astros is Justin Verlander. Even though Verlander's age keeps climbing (39 years old), his statistical numbers always look good. Halfway through the season, Verlander has a record of 12-3, an ERA of 1.89, and a WHIP of 0.88. He will be bringing his primary weapon to the mound in the fastball. Additionally, he likes to mix in the slider to keep batters off balance.

For the Mariners, they will send Logan Gilbert to the mound. Gilbert on the year has a record of 10-3, an ERA of 2.76, and a WHIP of 1.15. Like Verlander, Gilbert also uses the fastball as his primary pitch and mixes in the slider. 

Many who follow MLB baseball already know what the Houston Astros bring in terms of offense. Today, we will highlight a player who hits around 4th in the order. That would be one, Alex Bregman. Bregman's statistics reflect him hitting 12 home runs, 49 RBI's, and an average of .245. Although he's batting around the middle of the order, he continues to be a key cog in the Astros success. 

The Mariners do have some pop in their bats. However, not nearly what the Astros bring to the table. Nonetheless, the highlight of their lineup has to be their young star, Julio Rodriguez. Not only did he make it to the finals of the 2022 Home Run Derby, but he's also bringing with him 16 home runs, 42 RBI's, and a batting average of .275. 

There is no question that we will be siding with the Houston Astros. They are a much better version of the Mariners on the mound and up and down the lineup. Let's cash some tickets and have a great Saturday!

PICK: Houston Astros -130 (CoolBet Sportsbook)

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