Seattle Mariners @ Houston Astros Pitching Props

This afternoon, the Mariners are looking to tie the series up at one game eachafter a disastrous collapse in Game 1. These teams have met 49 times in the last three seasons with the Astros winning 31 of those games. Framber Valdez has experienced great success against the Mariners historically and has been the Mariners kryptonite so far this year.

Framber Valdez Over 5.5 Strike Outs (-122) Odds via FanDuel (.5U)

In two post-seasons, Valdez has averaged 8.66 K’s per 9 innings. In 3 games against the Mariners last year, he had 100% hit rate on todays K line of 5.5. This season in 31 appearances, he went over 5.5 strikeouts 67.7% of the time. The line initially opened at 6.5 K’s before moving down to 5.5. In seven career starts against the Mariners, Valdez has a 5-0 record with an ERA of 1.94 and 51 strikeouts, averaging 7.2 strikeouts per outing since 2018. This season Valdez has faced this Mariners team twice and had eight and seven strikeouts in those starts. After the Mariners suffered a heartbreaking loss on the road, I like this spot for Valdez to do what he has proven he can do against this Mariners lineup.