Taijuan Walker (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and Doug Fister (1-2, 5.94 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (9-9) and the Houston Astros (6-13) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on RTSW and RTNW.
Walker pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one runs (one unearned) and striking out six in a 2-1 win over the Indians. Seth Smith (.308, 7 Rs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Fister went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking two in a 2-1 defeat to the Rangers in his last outing. Jose Altuve (.316, 17 Rs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 6 yesterday with two stolen bases.
The odds for Seattle and Houston are Seattle -150, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5. Within its division, Seattle has a record of 0-3 SU. The Mariners are the second-best team in the AL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 1.7 walks per game to their opponents this season.
The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 27 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 17 stolen bases. When it comes to issuing walks, the Astros have the fifth-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.5 walks allowed per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Mariners have a 5-7 record against other teams in the AL West Division, while the Astros have a winless 0-3 record against these opponents.
When leading after seven innings, Seattle is 4-2, while Houston is 0-7.
The Astros managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 3-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 5-2. The Mariners have a 7-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 75 this season. Houston ranks in the top half at 14th with 76.
Ranking 14th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 57 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 67.
The Mariners are 8-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Astros are 5-11 when they hit at least one homer.