Felix Hernandez (11-5, 3.58 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (78-68) meet Collin McHugh (10-10, 4.86 ERA) and the Houston Astros (76-70) in the first of a three-game division series at Safeco Field. The Mariners enter this series looking to continue an eight-game winning streak. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and will air on RTSW and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Hernandez pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out two and walking one in a 14-3 victory over the Athletics. Nelson Cruz (.287, 86 Rs, 37 HRs, 92 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Astros were victorious over the Cubs 2-1 the last time McHugh pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking three. George Springer (.254, 109 Rs, 27 HRs, 76 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Mariners are an even 33-33 against the division, while the Astros sit at 33-27.
The Mariners are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Astros have a record of 6-2 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 12-59. The Mariners have a 16-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston ranks in the top half of the league at 12th when it comes to home runs, hitting 186 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five with 204.
Ranking 15th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 454 this season. Houston ranks in the top five with 515.
The Mariners are 66-43 when they hit at least one home run. Houston has the same record when hitting one or more homers.