Houston Astros (76-70) vs. Seattle Mariners (78-68), September 16, 2016, 9:10 PM CDT
RHP Collin McHugh (10-10, 4.86 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (11-5, 3.58 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)
The Astros have to be perfect to make the playoffs. The team will need a small miracle. It's happened before in baseball but there is no reason to think the Astros will pull off a 13-3 run, especially starting with a series against the Mariners.
Seattle is 9-1 over their last 10 games and 40-31 at home this season.
Collin McHugh hopes to continue his success in Seattle, he’s 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings in three starts against the Mariners. McHugh is 5-0 with a 1.65 ERA in five career games at Safeco Field.
McHugh comes in after allowing one run on two hits over five innings against the Cubs. He is 5-4 with a 5.53 ERA in 11 post all-star starts.
Current Mariners are batting .216 (36x167) against McHugh with a .246 BABIP, 4.10 FIP, 24.0 K%, and a 6.6 BB%.
King Felix makes his first start against the Astros in 2016. Hernandez is 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA in eight career starts against the Astros.
Hernandez is 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in his last seven games with 37 strikeouts and 20 walks. He is 2-0 with a 4.63 ERA in his last two starts — Hernandez allowed six runs over 5 2⁄3 against Texas on Sept. 5 and zero runs over six innings against Oakland on Sept. 10.
Current Astros are batting .313 (21x67) against Hernandez with .408 BABIP, 3.07 FIP, 23.7 K%, and a 9.2 BB%.