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Game No. 30 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners

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Former Mariners pitcher Doug Fister faces the M's for a second time this season.

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Houston Astros (10-19) vs. Seattle Mariners (17-11), May 6, 2016, 7:10 PM CDT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
M's SB Nation Blog: Lookout Landing

Pitching Matchup

RHP Doug Fister (2-3, 4.60 ERA, 1.43 WHIP)  vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 1.80 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)

Preview

So can we all agree to forget about yesterday's game? Good. It was another painful chapter in an already painful season. Thankfully baseball is a game where the team doesn't have to wait long to make up for mistakes. The first place Mariners and the last place Astros square off again on Friday.

Doug Fister on is on the mound for the Astros. Fister has put together three straight quality starts in his last three outings. In allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings against Oakland on 95 pitches.

Included in those quality starts is his outing in Seattle on April 25, Fister allowed three runs over six innings. It was the most extreme stretch of the term "quality start" as Fister walked a career-high seven batters in the game. Leonys Martin and Kyle Seager touched up Fister for a home run each in that game.

Current Mariners are batting .239 (26x109) against Fister with a .239 BABIP, 5.70 FIP, 10.5 K%, and an 11.3 BB%.

SEATTLE MARINERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DOUG FISTER
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Nelson Cruz 25 8 2 0 1 3 5 2 0.320 0.433 0.520 0.953
Robinson Cano 14 5 2 0 0 1 1 1 0.357 0.400 0.500 0.900
Kyle Seager 13 4 1 0 1 1 0 1 0.308 0.308 0.615 0.923
Leonys Martin 9 3 1 0 1 1 1 2 0.333 0.400 0.778 1.178
Adam Lind 15 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.133 0.133 0.200 0.333
Ketel Marte 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Mike Zunino 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Norichika Aoki 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.667 0.000 0.667
Franklin Gutierrez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Chris Iannetta 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Seth Smith 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.167 0.000 0.167

In the same matchup of the game in April in Seattle, Taijuan Walker counters Fister on the mound for the Mariners. Walker appears to have figured things out with a 2-0 record and a 1.44 ERA in April. He lasted just five innings in his last start, Sunday against the Royals.

Against Houston, Walker allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings in a win. Current Astros are batting .272 (34x125) with a .325 BABIP, 4.46 FIP, 27.0 K%, and an 5.1 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. TAIJUAN WALKER
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 22 8 3 0 1 3 0 0 0.364 0.391 0.636 1.028
Evan Gattis 14 5 1 0 2 4 0 3 0.357 0.357 0.857 1.214
Colby Rasmus 13 5 2 0 1 1 0 5 0.385 0.385 0.769 1.154
Marwin Gonzalez 14 3 1 0 1 2 0 2 0.214 0.214 0.500 0.714
George Springer 12 3 0 0 1 3 1 6 0.250 0.286 0.500 0.786
Jake Marisnick 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167
Luis Valbuena 10 2 0 0 1 2 2 5 0.200 0.308 0.500 0.808
Jason Castro 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0.077 0.077 0.077 0.154
Carlos Correa 8 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.125 0.222 0.250 0.472
Carlos Gomez 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.250 0.500 0.250 0.750
Erik Kratz 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Preston Tucker 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Jon Singleton 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.667 0.000 0.667
Tyler White 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333