Collin McHugh (3-3, 6.59 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (1-3, 4.03 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Houston Astros (11-20) and the Seattle Mariners (18-12) at Minute Maid Park. The Mariners won the last game 3-2, and Seattle leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 8 and can be seen on RTSW and RTNW.
McHugh pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 6-4 win over the Twins. Colby Rasmus (.232, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. Iwakuma went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking two in an 8-2 win over the Athletics in his last outing. Robinson Cano (.306, 19 Rs, 11 HRs, 32 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Mariners, going 4 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
The odds for Houston and Seattle are Astros -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Mariners lead the season series, 4-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Astros are struggling at 3-9 in their division, while the Mariners are 12-9.
When leading after seven innings, Seattle is 9-4, while Houston is 3-9.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 1-7 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 7-3. The Mariners have a 14-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Houston has earned 127 this season. Seattle ranks 10th with 134 runs.
Ranking 11th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 99 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 120.
The Astros are 10-15 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mariners are 15-7 when they hit at least one homer.