Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners
Where and when: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington, Thursday, 3:40 pm EST
The Houston Astros will travel to T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, for the finale of a four-game set versus the currently slumping Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon at 3:40 pm EST. The Astros were able to sweep the Mariners in April at T-Mobile Park while alsogetting off to a great start during the first two contests of this matchup in picking up wins in each. In game two on Tuesday, Robinson Chirinos along with Tony Kemp both hit home runs. Jake Marisnick (.267) and Alex Bregman (.274) each hit doubles for Houston while bringing in five RBI’s in the 11-5 win.
Both Wade Miley and recently re-called Andrew Moore picked up no decisions on the mound with Moore allowing two homers along with four earned runs in just 4.2 innings of work. For the season, Moore has an ERA of 7.78 as the Mariners are ranked next to last in overall team ERA at 5.36. In fact, their loss in the opener was the second instance in three games that Seattle allowed double digit runs to their opponents. Nonetheless, the home team will wrap up an eleven game home stand (to where they dropped seven of nine, thus far) versus the AL West’s top team in the Houston Astros, who are attempting to win their sixth straight.
Milone looks to stay sharp versus dangerous Astros
Tommy Milone (1-1) will certainly look to throw a kink into the Astros’ aspirations as he will seek to win for the second time in three outings. And while he has pitched just over nine innings in his last two starts, Milone has allowed an average of two runs per contest in addition to a total of thirteen strikeouts. On the other hand, giving up homers has been an issue as he allowed a couple in his last two games while also giving up eight in his lsat six starts.
Milone does not make many mistakes on the hill as his respectable ERA of 3.38 suggests; Furthermore, Brantley is only two of ten when facing Milone while Chirinos is one for five while. Marisnick is 3-3, lifetime versus the left-hander.
Milone will be making just his fourth start of the year for the Mariners after signing as a free agent after a less than stellar campaign with the Washington Nationals last year. He spent most of his time in the bullpen before being called up in July. Unfortunately, he was reassigned to the bullpen a month later.
Verlander continues to perform like a champion
Justin Verlander (9-2) will oppose Milone in the finale as he has picked up victories in eight of his last ten starts. As a team, Houston has also been on a roll with the right-hander on the mound as the team is 8-2 during his last ten starts. He is coming off a road outing versus the Oakland Athletics to where he allowed just one earned run while fanning eight, total, in eight innings in a 5-1 win. Verlander has pitched at least six innings in his last five starts while, for the season, has consistently pounded the strike zone with 103 on the year alongside only nineteen walks.
The right-hander dominated in his last outing on the road versus the Mainers in pitching six innings while allowing one earned in addition to recording eleven strikeouts in a 3-1 win on April 13th. However, it should also be noted that Verlander gave up six earned along with three homers in just two innings of pitching versus the Mariners at Minute Maid Park in August of 2018.
Tim Beckman (.400) along with Kyle Seager (.308) have had huge amounts of success versus Verlander on a combined thirty-six at bats. Slumping Edwin Encarnacion is only batting .111 in thirty-five at bats while Mitch Haniger currently stands at .231 versus the right-hander.
- SEA is 7-20 in their last 27 home games.
- SEA is 14-37 in their last 51 overall.
- HOU is 2-7 in their last 9 Thu. games.
- HOU is 39-17 in the last 56 meetings in Seattle.