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Game No. 83 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners

The Astros face the M's on Independence Day.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (43-39) vs. Seattle Mariners (43-39), July 4, 2016, 1:10 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 Lance McCullers (3-2, 3.91 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) vs. LHP Wade Miley (6-4, 5.58 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

Preview

Normally, we start each series preview with a look at the pitching matchups and how each team's hitters are doing coming into the week, since it is a holiday -- I'm taking a small break and doing a classic game preview to start the series against the Mariners. That said Happy Independence Day to everyone.

Lance McCullers returns to the rotation after being bumped because a developing blister on his right index finger. The was precautionary but it setups nicely for the Astros on July 4.

McCullers has allowed just three earned run over his last two starts (13 1/3 innings). He allowed one run on six hits in his last start on June 22 against the Angels. McCullers is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in five home starts compared to his 1-1 record with a 6.89 ERA in three road starts this season.

He is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in three career starts against the Mariners. Current Mariners are batting .200 (7x35) against McCullers with a .316 BABIP, 2.43 FIP, 40.0 K%, and a 10.0 BB%.

SEATTLE MARINERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. LANCE MCCULLERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Robinson Cano 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Steve Clevenger 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
Nelson Cruz 5 1 0 0 0 1 3 4 0.200 0.500 0.200 0.700
Chris Iannetta 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ketel Marte 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 1.333 1.667
Kyle Seager 7 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.143 0.250 0.143 0.393
Seth Smith 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jesus Sucre 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Mike Zunino 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Wade Miley returned from a stint on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder to allow five runs over four hits against the Pirates on June 29. He is 1-2 with a 7.40 ERA in four June starts. Miley allowed two runs on five hits over six inning in a May 5 start against Houston.

Miley is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in five career starts against Houston with 1-0 record and a 3.14 ERA in four start in Minute Maid Park.

Curren Astros are batting .313 (25x80) against Miley with a .361 BABIP, 4.80 FIP, 19.1 K%, and a 9.0 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. WADE MILEY
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 15 10 3 0 1 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.067 1.733
Jason Castro 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Carlos Correa 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Evan Gattis 11 5 2 0 0 2 1 1 0.455 0.500 0.636 1.136
Carlos Gomez 17 5 1 1 1 2 2 4 0.294 0.368 0.647 1.015
Marwin Gonzalez 9 3 1 0 1 1 1 2 0.333 0.400 0.778 1.178
Jake Marisnick 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jon Singleton 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.500 0.333 2.000 2.333
George Springer 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Preston Tucker 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Luis Valbuena 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Tyler White 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000