The Astros might be pleased to learn they won't face Seattle Mariners lefthander James Paxton again for at least two months.
Paxton pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits with two walks and four strikeouts on 103 pitches. Paxton allowed just one runner to reach second base in his first six innings, flashing an upper-90s fastball and biting breaking pitches.
An offense that has struggled for the first week of the season found itself dealing with its first shutout in Monday's series-opening 6-0 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field, but it's clearly too early for anyone to hit the panic button.
Through one week of the regular season, catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis led the Astros in walks and on-base percentage, and it's not by accident. Gattis has been working for quite some time in better strike-zone judgment.
Righthander Francis Martes, the Astros best pitching prospect, pitched five scoreless innings in his Class AAA Fresno debut Monday night against Reno.
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