Houston Astros (63-81) at Seattle Mariners (79-64), 9:10 p.m. (CST)
RHP Collin McHugh (8-9, 2.89 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) vs. LHP Roenis Elias (10-12, 3.90 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)
The Peacock couldn't take down the King, but he kept the Astros in the game. The bullpen bent and broke well past the midnight hour in Houston and time marches on for the 2014 Astros. Time to reset for another installment with "Late Night with the Astros", today's guest host is Collin McHugh.
McHugh has dazzled in the second half of the season, posting a 2.26 ERA in eight starts. He has quietly putting himself in the American League Rookie of the Year conversation. Of course a certain first baseman in Chicago will win it, but it's a great achievement to come out of nowhere to even receive votes.
The Astros righthander faces the team that he had arguably two of his worst outings against this season, the Mariners. In his most recent two starts against the M's he gave up 10 runs over 10 innings. Both games were in Houston, and McHugh would go on the disabled list shortly after the second one. McHugh made his first career start as an Astros in Seattle, pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings on April 22. McHugh will looks primed to once again take advantage of the pitcher-friendly dimensions of Safeco Field.
McHugh has owned both Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager in there short time together this season - together they are 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts. Robinson Cano is 2-for-7 with a triple against McHugh. Willie Bloomquist is 3-for-6 with a double, and Michael Saunders is 3-for-7 with a home run.
Roenis Elias takes the mound for the M's today, he broke a 3-game losing streak with win Thursday against the Rangers. He has allowed just earned 10 runs in his last 41 2/3 innings, but he has only start with six innings of work during that stretch. In his one start against the Astros this season, on May 22, Eilas went 5.1 innings and gave up one earned run. In that game, Jose Altuve hit a home run in three at-bats, and Dexter Fowler drew two walks.