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Game No. 148 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners

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If the Astros can’t make the playoffs, they can least ruin the Mariners’ chances.

Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Houston Astros (76-70) vs. Seattle Mariners (78-68), September 16, 2016, 9:10 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports SW
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
Mariners SBNation Blog: Lookout Landing

Pitching Matchup

RHP Mike Fiers (10-7, 4.64 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) vs. LHP James Paxton (4-6, 3.97 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

Preview

The Houston Astros did exactly what they needed on Friday night with a 6-0 win over the Mariners. Now they just need to do that 15 more times.

Mike Fiers has struggled over his last seven games, he is 3-2 with a 5.60 ERA over that stretch. Fiers in his last start allowed seven runs over 2 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Sept. 11.

In his one start against the Mariners this season, he allowed four runs on five hits over 3 1/3 innings on July 6.

Current Mariners are batting .341 (15x44) against Fiers with a 9.18 FIP, .333 BABIP, 17.0 K%, and 13.2 BB%.

James Paxton is 1-2 with 3.67 ERA over his last seven starts, he is 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA over his two Sept. starts.

Paxton is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two career starts against the Astros. Current Astros are batting .400 (14x35) against Paxton with a .419 BABIP, 4.63 FIP, 8.3 K%, and 2.8 BB%.