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Game Preview No. 133: Astros vs. Mariners

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Scott Feldman looks to continue recent run of success and secure series win.

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Houston Astros (73-59) vs. Seattle Mariners (61-71) September 1, 2015 7:10 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports SW, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Mariners SB Nation Blog: Lookout Landing

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.75 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) vs. LHP Roenis Elias (4-7, 4.20 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)

Preview:

After a solid road trip, the Astros came to Minute Maid Park looking to build some momentum and extend their divisional lead over the Texas Rangers. With Dallas Keuchel on the mound for the series opener fans were not disappointed. Keuchel ran his record to 16-6 and the offense came up big on the strength of three homeruns.

Tonight, Scott Feldman will take the mound for game two as the Astros look for an early series win. While Feldman may not have the full season resume that guys like Keuchel, Scott Kazmir or even Lance McCullers have shown, he has been one of the best pitchers over the last month plus. Feldman is 1-1 with a 2.36 ERA in seven starts since coming back from the disabled list.

Seattle will counter with Roenis Elias who has a 4.20 ERA in 15 games this season. Elias has a career 1-2 record against the Astros with a 6.61 ERA. Looking at how the current Astros have faired against Elias there are a couple players of note. Chris Carter has gone 2-12 with two walks for a sub .200 average. On the other end of the spectrum Evan Gattis has gone 4-8 with a home run. As an entire team, the Astros have a career .246 average against Elias, which is slightly above the current season production.

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