Houston Astros (5-4) vs. Seattle Mariners (2-7), April 12, 2017, 9:10 PM CDT
RHP Mike Fiers (0-1, 1.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 2.00 WHIP)
Wednesday night is the rubber match. The series so far has been a tale of two offenses. One side of the story is the lack of offense, while the other side is about having just enough offense. The offense will be the key Wednesday as Mike Fiers takes the mound. Fiers went six innings allowing five hits, two runs, one earned, and walked three. Unfortunately, the Astros lost that game despite Fiers quality start.
Gallardo will be on the hill for the Mariners. In his lone outing this season, he allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings of work.
The tone of the game could be set immediately for the stros. Springer will come to bat looking for his sixth home run of the season. Even with an early Springer dinger, the other Astros will need to drove home runs any way possible. Unfortunately, they may not get as lucky as Tuesday night.
On the other hand, if the Astros do have a lead late, Hinch may want to look at someone else coming in to close the game. Giles has struggled in two games already this season, and the Astros need the early wins.
What to watch for: Mitch Haniger
Haniger had a costly error Tuesday night that allowed the Astros to take the lead. That shouldn't happen again, but every Astros might try to test Hanigan's glove.