Taijuan Walker (2-1, 1.80 ERA) gets the start for the Seattle Mariners (17-11) as they meet Doug Fister (2-3, 4.60 ERA) and the Houston Astros (10-19) in the second of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park. The Mariners won the last game 6-3, and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 6 and will air on RTSW and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Fister pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking one in a 2-1 victory over the Athletics. Jose Altuve (.330, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 4 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Mariners were unsuccessful against the Royals 4-1 the last time Walker pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned) and striking out four. Robinson Cano (.287, 17 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Mariners, going 3 for 5 yesterday with four RBIs.
The odds are Seattle -115 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
In their previous four games this season, the Mariners have a 3-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Astros are struggling at 2-8 in their division, while the Mariners are 11-8.
The Astros managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with an 11-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 3-15. The Mariners have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Tied at fifth for total home runs, Houston and Seattle have each hit 38 homers this season.
Ranking 26th, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.59 per game. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 8.36.
Houston and Seattle both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Houston sits at 12th with an OPS of .742, and Seattle ranks 13th with an OPS of .740.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 11-8. When the Astros allow one or more homers, they have a 7-14 record.