Seattle Mariners versus Houston Astros (August 4)
In this AL West matchup, the Seattle Mariners take on the Houston Astros, who took the first game of the series by a 10-2 score on Friday.
Matt Wisler is scheduled to make his first start for the Mariners after coming over from the Padres, while Justin Verlander is set to take the mound for the Astros.
Offensively, the Mariners have hit 179 home runs and average nearly five runs per game.
Daniel Vogelbach and Domingo Santana are the top power threat, producing a combined 47 home runs and 135 RBI.
Omar Navarez has added 16 home runs and Tim Beckman and Mitch Haniger have each chipped in with 15 home runs.
The Astros have been a little better than the Mariners at the plate, averaging 5.3 runs with 185 home runs.
Alex Bregman leads the team with 27 home runs with 65 RBI. George Springer is second in home runs with 25 and Yuli Gurriel completes a tough power trio, having hit 20 home runs.
Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve are both hitting over .300 and add sufficient power with a combined 33 home runs.
On the mound, Wisler enters with a 5.09 ERA, striking out 43 and allowing six home runs in 35 1/3 innings.
Out of the bullpen, frequently used Cory Gearrin has an ERA of 4.25 in 35 innings.
Brandon Brennan has struggled to a 5.56 ERA over 34 innings, while Anthony Bass has been the most solid reliever with an ERA of 3.49.
As a team the Mariners are giving up nearly six runs per game and allowed ten in the first game in this series.
Justin Verlander has been stellar, posting a record of 14-4 with a 2.73 ERA. He’s allowed only 92 hits and a .166 batting average against in 151 2/3 innings.
He’s struck out 196, but has been hurt with the long ball, allowing 28 home runs. Out of the bullpen, closer Roberto Osuna has converted 24 saves with an ERA of 2.40.
Josh James and Chris Devenski have been used frequently and have posted a combined ERA of 4.53 over 99 1/3 innings.
As a team, the Astros have allowed only four runs per game, significantly better than the league average.
This has all the makings of another easy Astros victory. Seattle should have a difficult time plating runs against Verlander, perhaps scoring a few on a long ball or two.
The Houston bullpen will take care of the rest.
For the Astros are the plate, they will surpass their average scoring output against the weak Seattle pitching.