Samuel Deduno (0-0, 2.89 ERA) and the Houston Astros (15-7) meet Roenis Elias (0-0, 3.18 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (10-12) in the second of a four-game division series at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 3-2, extending a seven-game winning streak. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 1 and will air on ROOT-NW and ROOT-SW.
Deduno has a 1.29 ERA and a 3-1 record in his career against the Mariners, and faces a struggling Seattle offense that's hitting just .239 on the year. Jose Altuve (.367, 13 Rs, 2 HRs, 16 RBIs, 9 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Astros, Elias is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA. He gets a less-than-stellar Houston offense that's batting just .238. Seth Smith (.283, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs) has been doing well to start the season, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the AL West, the Astros have an SU record of 11-5. Over their past 10 games, Houston's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 6.9 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.7. The Astros are a power hitting team with 29 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. The Astros are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 29 steals. Turning to the pitching staff, the Astros lead the AL in ERA with a 3.04 team average. The Astros don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.05 WHIP.
Against divisional foes, the Mariners are 9-7 SU. The Seattle pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.1 strikeouts per game.
In their previous four games this season, the Astros have a 3-1 record. This game will feature Elias (LHP) on the mound against the Astros, who have a 6-2 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Deduno. They sport a 7-8 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games on the road.
Seattle is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games when playing Houston.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Seattle's last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston.
Seattle is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Houston.
Houston is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Seattle.
The Astros hold an 11-5 record in matchups against AL West rivals, while the Mariners currently sit at 9-7 in these games.
When leading after 7 innings, Seattle is 5-0, while Houston is 7-3.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 4-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Mariners are 4-8. The Astros have a 3-3 record when opponents outhit them.
Seattle ranks in the top 10 of the league at eighth when it comes to home runs, hitting 25 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at third with 29.
Ranking 11th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.05 per game. Houston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.27.
Ranking 20th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.681). Houston ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .727.
The Mariners are 3-8 when they allow at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 3-5 record.