Houston Astros (67-87) at Seattle Mariners (83-70), 6:10 p.m. (CST)
TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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LHP Dallas Keuchel (11-9, 3.00 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) vs. RHP Chris Young (12-8, 3.33 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
Well the Astros didn't get off to a great start against the Mariners last night, Houston gave up four home runs in lopsided 10-5 loss. Jose Altuve took the sting out of the result as he went 3-for-3 to push hit total for the season to 216. Now Dallas Keuchel takes the mound for Houston, looking to end the Astros four-game slide.
After a 4-hit shutout at the hands of Keuchel in late may, Mariner manager Lloyd McClendon spoke without a filter:
"I saw average stuff," McClendon said. "We didn't swing the bats very good. At some point, you've got to stop giving credit to average pitchers. That becomes a broken record. At some point, we've got to start swinging the bats."
Keuchel hasn't faced the Mariners since the comments. The Astros lefty would go to be part of the fan vote for the All-Star Game, and 2.70 ERA in 11 starts since the break. Keuchel comes into the game with six-straight quality starts under his belt, and four straight starts where he has given up two runs over less.
Newest Mariner, Austin Jackson has hit Keuchel well in his career - batting 3-for-6 with double. Kyle Seager is 4-for-16, and Corey Hart is 3-for-12 with two home runs. Dustin Ackley and Robinson Cano are combined 1-for-16 with six strikeouts.
For Seattle, Dallas-born Chris Young takes the mound. Young probably has one of the quietest comeback stories in baseball. The former double-headed monster with Jake Peavy in San Diego has found a new home in Seattle. He posted a 3.33 ERA over 28 starts, a career low for a full season. He has been going in the wrong direction in his last four starts, posting 0-2 record with a 5.88 ERA. Against Houston, Young has a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings.
Dexter Fowler is 4-for-10 against Young in his career. Marwin Gonzalez and Chris Carter are both 1-for-2 with a home run.