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Game No. 15 Preview: Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners

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The first place Astros look to sweep the Mariners.

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Houston Astros (8-6) at Seattle Mariners (5-9), 9:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: Roots Sports SW, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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Pitching matchup

RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (0-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.05 WHIP)

Preview

Remember these days Astros fans, remember these days. This could be the first step towards a bright future or at the very least a fun time of the year to remember when the season winds down. In another edition of Astros After Dark, the Astros won their fourth-straight game on the backs of Jose Altuve and Collin McHugh. Mariners' starter Taijuan Walker did bounce back from his poor start to the season and continue his career-long success against Houston but it wasn't enough. The Astros rallied for 5 runs in the eight to put Houston ahead for good.

Roberto Hernandez take the mound for the Astros today. Hernandez is coming his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs on three hits against the Angels. At Safeco Field, Hernandez is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA in his career.

SEATTLE MARINERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. ROBERTO HERNANDEZ
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Robinson Cano"]">Robinson Cano 26 11 1 0 0 5 2 1 0.423 0.448 0.462 0.910
Nelson Cruz"]">Nelson Cruz 18 5 0 1 3 5 0 5 0.278 0.350 0.889 1.239
Seth Smith"]">Seth Smith 10 4 1 0 0 1 0 3 0.400 0.417 0.500 0.917
Austin Jackson"]">Austin Jackson 16 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Kyle Seager"]">Kyle Seager 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Dustin Ackley"]">Dustin Ackley 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Willie Bloomquist"]">Willie Bloomquist 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Rickie Weeks"]">Rickie Weeks 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Justin Ruggiano"]">Justin Ruggiano 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jesus Montero"]">Jesus Montero 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Former Astros pitcher J.A. Happ starts for the Mariners. Happ has been just what the doctor ordered for the M's, after Seattle traded outfielder Michael Saunders for the lefty's services - posting back-to-back quality starts in his Mariners debut. Happ has allowed just four earned runs in his first 13.1 innings thus far. In three career starts against the Astros, Happ is 2-0 with 2.04 ERA. He allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings against Houston on August 1, 2014 in Toronto.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. J.A. HAPP
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Chris Carter"]">Chris Carter 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Colby Rasmus"]">Colby Rasmus 9 1 1 0 0 1 4 1 0.111 0.385 0.222 0.607
Jose Altuve 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Robbie Grossman"]">Robbie Grossman 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Jed Lowrie"]">Jed Lowrie 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jake Marisnick"]">Jake Marisnick 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Luis Valbuena"]">Luis Valbuena 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333