Houston Astros (10-6) at Seattle Mariners (8-5)
When and Where: Monday, April 16, Seattle, Washington, 10:10 P.M. EST
The Houston Astros will take a trip to Seattle to take on the Mariners this Monday in the first game of a four game AL West series. The Astros are trying to keep pace with the red-hot Angels in the division but they are still three games back. The Mariners are surging behind Houston, winning their last two series and will look to jump over them in the west this week.
Astros look to keep pace with the Angels
The Astros have lost two straight series to the Rangers and the Twins and have fallen off of the pace set by the Angels. They could really use at least three wins over Seattle to get back into it. Jose Altuve has been great all year, hitting .344 with a .406 on base percentage. He has only struck out eight times in 61 at-bats. Carlos Correa has been the man driving in Altuve most of the time. He leads the team with 12 RBI, 12 runs, and 12 doubles. He is the only player on the team with 10 or more RBI.
Dallas Keuchel will take the mound for the Astros, still looking for his first win of the season. He is 0-2 through three appearances with a 4.20 ERA. His last start was his worst, giving up three runs in just four innings. Keuchel has seen some control issues, walking nine batters in his 15 innings. The Astros bullpen has been solid, just like it was all through last year’s playoffs. Chris Devenski has been a safety blanket for them, pitching eight innings in eight appearances, allowing just one run on a solo home run. He has struck out 10 batters and maintains a 1.13 ERA.
Seattle throws their name into the AL West mix
The Seattle Mariners are quietly looking like a competitive team in the AL West and have surged lately. Mitch Haniger has been excellent offensively, leading the team with 15 RBI. He is hitting .289 with a .400 on base percentage and four home runs. Haniger has been very consistent with only four hitless games. Kyle Seager is right behind him with 11 RBI and a .300 average. After him, the production drops off severely with only two players driving in five or more runs. Despite having just three RBI, Robinson Cano is batting .375 with a .537 on base percentage. He has scored 12 runs of his own.
The start will be made by James Paxton on Monday night. The lefty is 0-1 through three starts with a 5.74 ERA. The lefty has struck out 21 batters through his 15.2 innings of work. His most recent start was his best, striking out 10 batters in 6.0 innings and giving up just two runs. The bullpen of the Mariners is split into some very consistent pieces and some who are struggling. Edwin Diaz has been unstoppable through his seven appearances. He has thrown 7.0 innings giving up just one hit and zero runs. Diaz converted all six of his save opportunities and is a huge part of Seattle’s success.
- 4-1 in last five road games vs. left-handed starter
- 6-2 in Kuechel’s last eight Monday starts
- 1-4 in Paxton’s last five starts vs. AL West
- 1-4 in last five Monday starts
The Houston Astros will come into this series with a ton of motivation, looking to prove that they are the dominant team in the AL West. They really need some wins to keep the Angels within striking distance. Although Dallas Keuchel has not reached his potential, he can throw a gem any time he steps on the mound. The Mariners are not deep enough to keep up with this Astros team that has very few weaknesses.