Houston Astros (44-39) vs. Seattle Mariners (43-40), July 5, 2016, 7:10 PM CDT
LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-9, 5.13 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (4-6, 3.29 ERA, 1.12 WHIP)
The Astros look for their second win a row against the Mariners a day after a victory on Independence Day. The Astros will send out Dallas Keuchel who is still looking for his Cy Young form in back-to-back starts.
Keuchel appeared to be figuring things out in June at times as he posted three quality starts during the month. But he was still 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA over six starts. The record of course isn't 100% on him but wasn't as sharp as he ever was in 2015 and 2014 for that matter. Keuchel is still struggling hitting his spot with his fastballs and giving up the long ball on the first pitch of at-bats.
Keuchel is 4-5 with a 3.09 ERA ERA in 10 career starts (11 appearances) against the Mariners. Current Mariners are batting .270 (51x189) against Keuchel with a 4.29 FIP, .307 BABIP, 22 K%, and a 5.9 BB%.
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Taijuan Walker takes the mound of the Mariners with the team looking for the 23-year-old to be the ace the team needs with Felix Hernandez on the shelf. Walker was 2-1 with a 3.25 ERA in five June starts, he allowed just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Orioles in his last start on June 30.
Walker is 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA in 10 career starts against the Astros. Nearly 20 percent of Walkers career starts (10x52) have come against the Astros over four major league seasons.Current Astros batting .279 (34x122) against Walker with a .301 BABIP, 5.57 FIP, .301 BABIP, 24.6 K%, and a 4.5 BB%.
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