Houston Astros (86-58) vs. Seattle Mariners (74-74), Sept. 16, 2017, 7:10 PM CT
LHP Dallas Keuchel (12-4, 3.03 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .253 BABIP, 3.42 xFIP) vs. RHP Erasmo Ramírez (5-5, 4.25 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, .256 BABIP, 4.24 xFIP)
The Astros on the doorstep of the AL West crown for the first time in franchise history. An Astros win and an Angels secure the Astros’ seventh division title in franchise history.
Dallas Keuchel is the man tasked with helping the Astros reach the first mark. The Astros OG ace has struggled in the second half of the season. Keuchel is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA during the month of September and he is 3-4 with a 5.02 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star Break.
Even with his struggles in the second half, Keuchel has been great against the Mariners. He is 7-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 14 career games (13 starts) against the Mariners. He is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in two starts during 2017.
Nelson Cruz has hit Keuchle well during his career. He is batting .370 (10x27) with three home runs and four strikeouts. Kyle Seager is on the other end, he is batting .282 (11x39) with eight strikeouts.
Erasmo Ramírez goes for the freshly AL West title eliminated Mariners. Ramírez is 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA during September and is 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA in five starts on the road.
Ramírez is 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in eight career games (five starts) against the Astros. He has allowed two earned runs on four hits over six innings in one 2017 start.
Evan Gattis has hit Ramírez well, he is 4-for-9 with two home runs. On the other side of the coin, Josh Reddick is 2-for-19 with four strikeouts.