Seattle at Houston, 1:10 pm (CT)
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6 / 3.03 ERA / 1.02 WHIP) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1 / 3.43 ERA / 1.17 WHIP)
'Help me Obe', you're my only hope" - Bo Porter. You don't think Bo Porter would say that? He did, I heard him all the way across town.
Well either way, Brett Oberholtzer may in fact be the Astros' only hope for preventing the four-game sweep this weekend. As a starter, Obe' has a record of 3-1 and a 2.53 ERA. In his first two starts, he have gave up zero runs over 14 innings. In his most recent 17.1 innings, he's given up nine runs. Oberholtzer allowed a season-high four runs over 5.1 against Chicago in his previous start, three of the runs coming off Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn home runs.
Hisashi Iwakuma appears to be another building block for the Mariners- Astros fans should get accustom to seeing Felix Hernandez,Taijuan Walker, and Iwakuam. Back to Iwakuam, who had his lowest strike out total in the month of August - 24. The right-hander has a record of 4-2 and a 3.08 ERA over his last eight games.
The Astros gave Iwakuma his first loss of the season, winning 3-2 on April 23. Overall, he is 2-1 against the "stros this season. Marwin Gonzalez is 2-for-4 against Iwakuma with a home run. Jose Altuve has two hit in eight at-bats against the right-hander with two runs batted in. Matt Dominguez is 3-for-8 against today's starter