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Game No. 23 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners

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It's a battle of spot starters tonight in Houston.

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Houston Astros (15-7) vs. Seattle Mariners (10-12), 7:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: Roots Sports SW, MLB.TV 
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Mariners SBNation BlogLookout Landing

Pitching matchup

RHP Samuel Deduno (0-0, 2.89 1.07 WHIP) vs. LHP Roenis Elias (0-0, 3.18 ERA, 1.59 WHIP)

Preview

The Astros are in first place in the West and sit a half game behind the Cardinals for the best record in baseball. I would imagine most Astros fans are pinching themselves to make sure the standing are real. Houston's stretch of prosperity will be tested with a spot start from Samuel Deduno. Deduno was beat out in Spring Training for a starting spot by Roberto Hernandez and Asher Wojciechowski. He made the decision tough, allowing just 5 earned runs in 16 innings pitched this spring. Four of the earned runs came in his one only start this spring, four runs on four hits and four walks over two innings.

Deduno slid into the Astros bullpen as the long man, thus far he has pitched five games - allowing 3 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings. In his career as a starter, Deduno has a 16-17 record with a 4.43 ERA in 42 starts.

SEATTLE MARINERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. SAMUEL DEDUNO
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Austin Jackson"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Austin Jackson 14 5 0 0 1 2 1 4 0.357 0.400 0.571 0.971
Robinson Cano"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Robinson Cano 11 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.273 0.273 0.273 0.545
Kyle Seager"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Kyle Seager 10 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0.300 0.462 0.300 0.762
Nelson Cruz"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Nelson Cruz 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.500 0.833
Dustin Ackley"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Dustin Ackley 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.111 0.200 0.111 0.311
James Jones"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">James Jones 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 1.000 1.333
Brad Miller"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Brad Miller 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Rickie Weeks"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Rickie Weeks 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Jesus Montero"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jesus Montero 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Logan Morrison"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Logan Morrison 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 1.000 0.000 1.000
Mike Zunino"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Mike Zunino 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Roenis Elias is making his second start in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma. Elias allowed only 2 runs over 5 2/3 innings in his debut against the Twins. In two starts against the Astros last season, he has a zero decisions and a 1.59 ERA.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. ROENIS ELIAS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jon Singleton"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jon Singleton 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.000 1.667
Jose Altuve"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jose Altuve 6 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.667 0.833
Chris Carter"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Chris Carter 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.250 0.500 0.250 0.750
Jason Castro"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jason Castro 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Matt Dominguez"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Matt Dominguez 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Robbie Grossman"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Robbie Grossman 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Jonathan Villar"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jonathan Villar 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.250 0.250 0.500 0.750
L.J. Hoes"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">L.J. Hoes 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
Jed Lowrie"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jed Lowrie 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.200 0.000 0.200
Jake Marisnick"]" style="padding: 2px 3px 2px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;">Jake Marisnick 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

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