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5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, September 5, 2019
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 27,822

After Springer scare, Astros reset vs. Mariners

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros

  1. The Astros are 23-4 at Minute Maid Park since June 28, which matches the most wins at home over a 27-game span in franchise history (also accomplished in 1969 and 2005). Houston, which has won all six 2019 meetings at home with Seattle and is 12-1 in this year's season series, enters this set four wins shy of tying the team season record of 55 home victories (1980, 1998).
  2. The Mariners managed just one run in each of its two losses to the Cubs at Wrigley Field earlier this week, which dropped them to 5-52 this season when they score three or fewer. Only the Royals (5-58), Angels (4-47) and Orioles (4-59) have worse records when producing three or less runs.
  3. Alex Bregman leads the majors with a .423 average since Aug. 1 (min. 100 PA) and enters the series having reached base safely in 27 straight games. It's Bregman's fourth such streak of 25 games or more since 2018. No other player has more than two 25-game on-base streaks during that period.
  4. Kyle Seager is a home run away from joining Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Trout as the only players with 20 or more homers in each of the last eight seasons, and the first Mariner to do so in eight straight campaigns.
  5. Wade Miley enters Thursday's start 7-0 with a 2.78 ERA over his last 13 starts, while Gerrit Cole will take a club-record 17-start unbeaten streak into Sunday's scheduled outing. It's the first time in team history the Astros have had two pitchers go at least 13 starts without a loss within a season in the same year.
  6. Marco Gonzales has allowed 1.36 home runs per 9 innings on the road and 0.54 per 9 innings at home, second only to Kansas City's Jakob Junis for the largest difference among current qualified AL pitchers.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/5/2019 thru 9/8/2019

With the Houston Astros eyeing an American League West pennant, the best record in the AL and potentially their second World Series crown in three seasons, optimal health will undergird those goals.

When the Astros open a four-game series against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Thursday, they will do so without one of their lineup mainstays while remaining hopeful that he will return sometime soon.

All-Star outfielder George Springer was carted off the field Tuesday in Milwaukee after crashing into the center field wall, leading the Astros to hold their collective breath. Springer has again produced exceptional numbers for Houston, slashing .297/.389/.573 with 30 home runs and 78 RBIs despite missing 35 games, most notably to a hamstring strain.

"He's doing well given all the circumstances of running into a wall," Astros manager AJ Hinch said of Springer, whose 5.4 bWAR ranks third on the club and second only to infielder Alex Bregman among position players. "Scary for all of us, and it looks like he'll be day-to-day. We'll do (all of the testing). He'll run the gauntlet and make sure that he's OK. He's in pretty good spirits."

"Those are always really scary. Your mind starts racing as to what it could be, but then you just have to wait for the medical evaluation."

Left-hander Wade Miley (13-4, 3.06 ERA) will open the series for the Astros on Thursday. He will carry a winning streak of seven decisions into the start, posting a 2.78 ERA over a span of 13 starts dating to June 22. Opponents are slashing just .224/.301/.358 during that stretch, with Miley allowing three earned runs or fewer in 12 straight starts.

Miley is 3-1 with a 3.40 ERA over seven career starts against the Mariners. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA over four starts against Seattle this season, recording his lone decision in his previous start against the Mariners, when he allowed two runs on three hits and five walks with six strikeouts over six innings in a 10-2 home victory on Aug. 2.

Left-hander Marco Gonzales (14-11, 4.30) will start the series opener for the Mariners. He is 4-4 with a 4.42 ERA in the second half but has improved his strikeout-to-walk ratio from 2.56 prior to the break to 3.83 over his nine starts since.

Gonzales is 0-4 with a 7.50 ERA over six career appearances (five starts) against the Astros, including an 0-2 record and 5.28 ERA over three starts this season. In his previous appearance against Houston, Gonzalez allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts over five innings in a 9-0 loss on Aug. 3.

For the Mariners, the final 22 games of the regular season will serve as a period of development for the numerous youngsters on their roster. Some of the pending lessons will prove challenging, like delivering with runners in scoring position. In dropping the finale of a two-game set against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, Seattle stranded 11 baserunners and finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

"As we continue to let our guys grow, they'll get better at it going forward," Mariners manager Scott Servais said to MLB.com. "They will."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2019

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