Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.75 ERA) and the Houston Astros (73-59) meet Roenis Elias (4-7, 4.20 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (61-71) in the second of a three-game division series at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 8-3 and Houston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 1 and will air on RTNW and RTSW.
In his most recent outing, Feldman pitched 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out six in a 1-0 loss to the Yankees. Carlos Correa (.281, 38 Rs, 16 HRs, 45 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Mariners were unsuccessful to the White Sox 4-2 the last time Elias pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned) and striking out three. Mark Trumbo (.252, 49 Rs, 19 HRs, 51 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Houston, a -150 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Seattle. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Astros have a 42-31 record and overall money line at +765. They have a 28-23 record SU and are 12-15 as favorite within their division. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking third in all of baseball with 99 steals. Houston's pitching staff can be considered for best in its league, with an AL-low 3.26 team ERA. The Astros don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking second in the league with a 1.17 WHIP.
Switching gears, the Mariners come into this game with a win percentage of .453 when playing as the underdog (24-29) and an overall money line of -1,701. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 5-5 SU and have a poor 0-2 record when they were an underdog to win. Seattle has been playing better lately, averaging 5.0 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.9. The Mariners are known for their power, smashing 158 home runs. Switching gears to Seattle's pitching staff, they have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 7.8 strikeouts per game.
The Astros have gotten the best of the Mariners in head-to-head matchups this season, going 10-4. This game will feature Elias (LHP) on the mound against the Astros, who have a 25-20 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Feldman. They sport a 45-45 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou, O/U - Over
The Mariners are an even 26-26 against the division, while the Astros sit at 29-23.
Seattle has won 38% (19-31) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 59% (30-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 21-33 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 39-18. The Astros have a 52-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Seattle sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 512 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 570.
Ranking 13th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 377 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 394.
When the Astros hit at least one home run, they are 60-35. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 52-41 record.