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Game No. 31 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners

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Dallas Keuchel is on the mound for the Astros.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (11-19) vs. Seattle Mariners (17-12), May 7, 2016, 6:10 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

LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-4, 5.11 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (3-1, 3.81 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)

Preview

Dallas Keuchel is on the mound on Saturday for Dallas Keuchel bobblehead day. So the Astros have to do something good today, right? Right?

The Astros appears to be something close to their old selves, winning four of their last six games. The team has averaged 5.83 runs per game and have hit 11 home runs during that stretch.

The offense appears to have figured a few things out, now it's time for Keuchel to get right. At the moment, Keuchel looks more like his 2013 self then the reigning AL Cy-Young winner. Kecheul has allowed 16 runs over his last 16 1/3 innings. Walks have been up for Keuchel, in three starts this season he has allowed four or more walks.

In his one start against Mariners in April, Keuchel allowed five runs over six innings on six hits -- striking out five and walking none. In the following start and his most recent start, Kecuhel allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Twins -- breaking his home winning streak of 16 games since the start of the 2015 season.

Current M's are batting .266 (41x154) against Keuchel with a .299 BABIP, 4.22 FIP, 20.8 K%, and a 6.0 BB%.

SEATTLE MARINERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DALLAS KEUCHEL
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Nelson Cruz 17 8 1 0 2 5 3 3 0.471 0.524 0.882 1.406
Chris Iannetta 18 6 3 0 1 2 5 3 0.333 0.478 0.667 1.145
Kyle Seager 28 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.214 0.214 0.214 0.429
Robinson Cano 22 4 0 0 0 4 1 2 0.182 0.217 0.182 0.399
Leonys Martin 20 4 1 0 0 6 0 9 0.200 0.200 0.250 0.450
Seth Smith 13 4 1 0 2 4 1 3 0.308 0.357 0.846 1.203
Norichika Aoki 11 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 0.273 0.273 0.364 0.636
Stefen Romero 10 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.300 0.300 0.600 0.900
Mike Zunino 12 3 1 0 0 0 1 4 0.250 0.308 0.333 0.641
Ketel Marte 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 0.333 0.333 0.500 0.833
Dae-Ho Lee 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Franklin Gutierrez 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Adam Lind 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jesus Sucre 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Chris Taylor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Nathan Karns makes his second start of the season against the Astros. In his first start, he didn't allow a run over seven innings and struck out six. He built upon that start in his most recent outing -- his second straight quality start. He allowed three runs over six innings on six hits against the Athletics.

Current Astros are batting .143 (6x42) against Karns with a .172 BABIP, 3.03 FIP, 26.7 K%, and a 6.7 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. NATHAN KARNS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.200 0.333 0.400 0.733
Carlos Correa 6 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.667 0.833
Evan Gattis 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Jake Marisnick 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Colby Rasmus 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Preston Tucker 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Tyler White 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Jason Castro 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
Carlos Gomez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Marwin Gonzalez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
George Springer 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Luis Valbuena 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000