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HOUSTON — After the news broke that Astros third baseman Alex Bregman had accomplished something never previously done by a player at his position http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authe ... rts-jersey , someone somewhere suggested he’d receive the Barry Bonds treatment when he came to the plate in high-leverage situations.During the Astros’ interleague series victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bregman appeared to experience that cautious approach, producing a .538 on-base percentage despite recording only one base hit: an infield single that ricocheted off Diamondbacks reliever Silvino Bracho in the sixth inning on Saturday. Bregman finished 1-for-7 in the series yet drew five walks, two intentional, and was hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance of the weekend.“At his best, he walks even in the middle of his hot streaks,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Bregman, who is the first third baseman to record 30 home runs and 50 doubles in a season. “I do think people are pitching him pretty carefully and we’re seeing that probably a little more.”Article continues below ...The Astros (94-55) are 7-0-1 over their last eight series and 12-2 this month. They will host the Seattle Mariners for a three-game series starting on Monday at Minute Maid Park.The winner of the set will claim the season series, which is knotted at 8-8. Houston won the season series against the four other American League West teams en route to the 2017 World Series and has clinched the season series against its three division rivals excluding Seattle already this season.Rookie left-hander Framber Valdez (3-1, 2.66 ERA) will make his fifth career start and sixth appearance on Monday against the Mariners. He made his debut in Seattle on Aug. 21 Tug McGraw Jersey , allowing one unearned run on two hits and one walk with four strikeouts over 4 1/3 relief innings, earning the victory in the Astros’ 3-2 win at Safeco Field. Over four subsequent starts, Valdez has surrendered seven runs on 14 hits and 13 walks with 14 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings.Left-hander Wade LeBlanc (8-4, 3.56 ERA) will start the series opener for the Mariners. He has worked a career-high 146 2/3 innings over 29 appearances (24 starts) and is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA over his last four starts. LeBlanc has faced the Astros five times (including three starts) this season, going 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA over nine career appearances (five starts) against the Astros.The Mariners (82-67) are expecting both left-hander James Paxton and right-hander Felix Hernandez to rejoin the rotation at some point during their current 10-game road trip. Paxton, who last pitched on Sept. 7 against the New York Yankees, has been sidelined by pneumonia. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session upon his return prior to making his 27th start.Hernandez has been hampered by right hamstring soreness that caused him to exit his start against the Yankees on Sept. 8 after allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks over four innings. He threw over the weekend in Seattle and could rejoin the rotation in time to pitch in Houston.Hernandez made a start against the Astros on Aug. 20, his first following a brief demotion to the bullpen and first career relief appearance. He did not factor into the decision in that 7-4 home win after allowing four runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings. Two East Division leaders will meet at Fenway Park on Monday when the American League's Boston Red Sox (74-33) take on the National League's Philadelphia Phillies (58-47) as solid home favorites. The Red Sox will be looking to extend their three-game winning streak, while the Phillies hope to end a three-game skid after dropping three of four to the Cincinnati Reds on the weekend. MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -155 favorites (wager $155 to win $100); the total is at nine runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick Drew Hutchison Jersey , via OddsShark computer: 4.0-3.6, Red Sox (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news. Why the Phillies can pay on the MLB linesPhiladelphia may have been caught looking ahead to this interleague series in getting outscored 16-6 in the last three games at Cincinnati. The Phillies had won three in a row prior to their losing streak, and they should be primed to rebound with All-Star Aaron Nola (12-3, 2.42 ERA) on the hill. The 25-year-old righty has not earned a win since July 9 but has not pitched poorly in his last two starts, allowing five runs and nine hits in 11 innings with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Nola is 4-3 on the road this year with a 2.86 ERA but has limited opposing batters to a .190 average in 11 outings away from home. Why the Red Sox can pay on the MLB linesBoston is the best team in baseball right now, and it is not even close. Whether the Red Sox can maintain this sizzling pace remains to be seen, but they are a force to be reckoned with for the time being.Opposing Nola will be former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price (11-6, 4.17), who is coming off one of his best starts of the season. Carlos Osorio/Associated PressThe 32-year-old southpaw blanked the Detroit Tigers for 6.1 innings on July 20 Larry Bowa Jersey , scattering four hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Price did throw 14 pitches in a suspended game on Wednesday to follow it up, but that should not affect him here.Smart betting pickBoston has dominated interleague play over the past year, going 18-2 in its last 20 games against NL foes. Coincidentally, one of the two losses came at Philadelphia 1-0 on June 15, 2017. The Phillies are 9-4 in their previous 13 interleague games, which is pretty solid as well, and they will have the better pitcher on the mound. Take Philly.MLB betting trendsThe total has gone over in eight of Philadelphia's last 11 games.Boston is 13-2 in its last 15 games at home.Boston is 7-1 in its last eight games when playing Philadelphia. All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.