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Game No. 85 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners

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Astros go for the sweep with Mike Fiers on the mound.

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Houston Astros (45-39) vs. Seattle Mariners (43-41), July 6, 2016, 7:10 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 Mike Fiers (6-3, 4.12 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP)

Preview

The Houston look to collect their third sweep against a American League West opponent in as  many series. The Astros have used the long ball and solid pitching from their starters to get the job done.

Fiers is coming off six scoreless inning against the White Sox and he is rolling with a 2-0 record and a 0.51 ERA in his last three starts.Fiers is without a decision and had a 4.76 ERA in one career start against the Mariners -- the one start was not in 2016.

Current Mariners are.348 (8x23) against Fiers with a .389 BABIP, 6.50 FIP, 20.0 K%, and a 16.7 BB%.

SEATTLE MARINERS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MIKE FIERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Norichika Aoki 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Robinson Cano 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0.500 0.333 2.000 2.333
Nelson Cruz 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ketel Marte 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Kyle Seager 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.000 1.667
Seth Smith 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333

Wade LeBlanc was traded to the Mariners for a player to be named later from the Blue Jays on June 22. He has been stellar in his two starts with the M's thus far. He has allowed just two earned runs over 12 innings.

LeBlanc is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three games (one start) against Houston -- his only two appearances at Minute Maid Park has come in relief.

Current Astros are batting .320 (8x25) against LeBlanc in their careers with a .389 BABIP, 4.55 FIP, 22.2 K%, and 7.4 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. WADE LEBLANC
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Jason Castro 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Evan Gattis 3 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0.667 0.667 2.000 2.667
Carlos Gomez 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.167 0.167 0.333 0.500
Jake Marisnick 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Colby Rasmus 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 3.000 4.000
Jon Singleton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Luis Valbuena 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 1.000 1.333