Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.28 ERA) and Dallas Keuchel (2-2, 3.71 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (10-9) and the Houston Astros (6-14) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 3-2, and Seattle leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 26 and can be seen on RTSW and RTNW.
Karns pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking four in a 10-7 win over the Indians. Robinson Cano (.224, 10 Rs, 6 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. Keuchel went 6.0 innings, surrendering six runs and striking out five in a 7-4 defeat to the Rangers in his last outing. Jose Altuve (.321, 17 Rs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Seattle and Houston are Astros -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5as of now. The Mariners are the top team in the AL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 1.7 walks per contest to their opponents this season.
The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fifth in the league with 27 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 18 stolen bases.
The Mariners have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Mariners have a 6-7 record against other teams in the AL West Division, while the Astros have a winless 0-4 record against these opponents.
Houston has lost all of its games (0-7) when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 67% (4-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Astros are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 3-0 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 0-10. The Mariners have a 2-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking seventh in home runs, Seattle has hit 26 this season. Houston ranks fifth with 27 home runs.
Ranking 24th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.67 per game. Houston ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 8.05.
Ranking 21st, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.693). Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .755.
The Astros are 4-11 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 7-6 when they allow at least one homer.