Major League Baseball action on Sunday afternoon and a pair of teams from the American League West will square off as the Houston Astros duke it out with the Seatle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. This is the final game of a three-game series.
Pitching Matchup: The Astros will trot out Gerrit Cole (0-2, 3.32 ERA) and he will be opposed by Marco Gonzalez (4-0, 3.16 ERA).
Was Written Prior To Last Night’s Game
The Astros Have It Rolling
The Houston Astros did not get off to a great start, but they have turned it around and are rolling at the moment. Houston began their year by going 2-5 over their first seven games, but they will enter their game on Saturday having won their last seven games in a row and they have averaged 7.17 rpg over their last six of that stretch. This team has had dynamite pitching the last few years, but what makes them scary is when their offense gets going, as it is right now. Houston will look to keep it going in this one, but the Mariners have been ough out in the early going. In game one of this series, the Astros won by a score or 10-6 and leading the way was Yuli Gurriel, who had three hits and four RBIs, while Jose Altuve had two hits and four RBIs. George Springer (4), Altuve (6), and Gurriel (1) all went deep in the contest. Both Gurriel’s and Altuve’s homers were grand slams. Wade Miley got a no-decision after allowed three ERs on six hits in 4.0 innings of work, while Brad Peacock allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walks while striking out seven in 3.1 innings of work. He is now 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA on the year
Gerrit Cole will toe the rubber for the Astros and he has gone 0-2 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts on the year. Cole has allowed 10 runs (seven earned) on 13 hits and six walks while striking out 25 in 19 innings of work so far. In his carer, he has gone 41-28 with a 3.29 ERA in 82 starts on the road and 11-10 with a 2.63 ERA in 28 starts during March/ April, plus 26-16 with a 3.47 ERA in 53 days starts. Cole has gone 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners, including 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts here at Safeco Field.
The Astros have been below average on offense so far as they come in ranked 20th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.36 rpg, while also ranking 2nd in hitting at .291 and 9th in homers with 20. On the mound, they have been solid as they rank 8th in the league in ERA at 3.42, while also ranking 4th in WHIP at 1.07 and 5th in K’s with 135. Their pen ranks 7th in ERA at 3.10.
Win Streak Snapped In Game One
The Seattle Mariners are off to a fine start as they have gone 13-3 through their first 16 games and that is the best mark in the league in the early going. they have been average on the mound, but their offense has been the best in the league so far and that has been what has led them in the early going. That offense has been even better of late as the Mariners will enter this game on Saturday having averaged 9.57 rpg over their previous seven games. Yikes. Seattle came into this series on Friday night riding a six-game winning streak, but it was snapped as they fell to the Astros by a score of 10-6. Wade Leblanc had a decent start as he allowed just two ERs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work and he got a no-decision. Shawn Armstrong took the loss after allowing a grand slam and is now 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA on the year. Ruben Alaniz followed Armstrong and he also allowed a grand slam in the loss. It was his MLB debut. Tom Murphy (1) went deep, while Domingo Santana had three RBIs in the loss.
The Mariners will trot out Marco Gonzalez and he has gone 4-0 with a 3.16 ERA in four starts on the year, including 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 7-3 with a 3.43 ERa in 20 games (18 starts) here at Safeco Field and 7-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 starts during March/ April, plus 8-5 with a 5.08 ERA in 21 games (18 starts) in the daytime. Gonzalez has gone 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA in three games (two starts) against the Astros in his career.
The Mariners have been a strong offensive team so far as they come in ranked 1st in the league in scoring, putting up 7.69 rpg, while also ranking 1st in hitting at .292 and 1st in homers with 37. On the mound, they have been above average as they come in ranked 14th in the league in ERA at 4.35, while also ranking 17th in WHIP at 1.37 and 11th in K’s with 126. The bullpen ranks 20th in the league with a 4.95 ERA.
- 17-35 in their last 52 home games in this series
- 13-5 in their last 18 during game 3 of a series
- 50-24 in their last 74 road games vs. a left-handed starter