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Game No. 92 Preview: Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners

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Astros go for the series win on Sunday with McHugh on the mound.

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Houston Astros (49-42) vs. Seattle Mariners (46-45), July 17, 2016, 3:10 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports SW
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Mariners SB Nation Blog: Lookout Landing

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (5-6, 4.50 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) vs. LHP Mike Montgomery (3-3, 2.06 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

Preview

The Astros' short-lived, two-game winning streak is over after  Hisashi Iwakumasilenced the Astros on Saturday. Houston hopes to get back in the win column against Mike Montgomery.

Montgomery wasn't originally announced coming out of the All-Star break as the Sunday starter for the Mariners, Scott Servais waited until Friday to make the move. Montgomery was an easy choice and refreshing surprise this seasons for the M's.

Montgomery is 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA in his last seven games. He is making just his second start this season after coming out of the pen 30 previous times already in 2016. In his first start on July 10, he allowed one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Royals.

Montgomery is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in six career games (one start, 14 2/3 IP) against Houston. Current Astros are batting .208 (10x48) against Montgomery with a .263 BABIP, 3.04 FIP, 18.5 K%, and a 11.1 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MIKE MONTGOMERY
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Jason Castro 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.750 1.250
Carlos Correa 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.400 0.500 0.400 0.900
Evan Gattis 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Carlos Gomez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Marwin Gonzalez 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.125 0.125 0.250 0.375
Jake Marisnick 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Colby Rasmus 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 1 0.250 0.571 0.500 1.071
A.J. Reed 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
George Springer 6 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.833 1.500
Luis Valbuena 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.000 0.111 0.000 0.111
Tyler White 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Collin McHugh gets the start on Sunday for Houston. McHugh has been somewhat of a tough-luck starting pitcher in his last seven games, he is 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA. He has posted quality starts in four of his last five outs.

McHugh is 7-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 10 career starts against the Mariners. He is 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA in four career starts at Safeco Field. Current Mariners are batting .210 (26x124) against McHugh with a .228 BABIP, 4.04 FIP, 21.2 K%, and a 4.5 BB%.

SEATTLE MARINERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Norichika Aoki 11 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.273 0.333 0.273 0.606
Robinson Cano 28 9 1 1 2 7 1 5 0.321 0.345 0.643 0.988
Steve Clevenger 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Nelson Cruz 13 4 0 0 2 3 0 5 0.308 0.308 0.769 1.077
Chris Iannetta 10 1 0 0 1 1 2 4 0.100 0.250 0.400 0.650
Dae-Ho Lee 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Adam Lind 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Ketel Marte 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Leonys Martin 14 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.143 0.200 0.143 0.343
Dan Robertson 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Stefen Romero 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Kyle Seager 24 3 2 0 0 1 1 8 0.125 0.154 0.208 0.362
Seth Smith 14 3 2 0 0 0 1 3 0.214 0.313 0.357 0.670
Mike Zunino 17 4 0 0 2 3 1 6 0.235 0.278 0.588 0.866

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