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T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 11,259

Division-winning Astros eye another prize

According to STATS
According to STATS

Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners

  1. Houston has a +265-run differential on the season, currently the third best of any team in the past 50 years (1998 Yankees, +309 and 2001 Mariners, +300). The Astros had a run differential of +263 last year; they can become the first team to post consecutive seasons with a run differential of +250 or better since the Yankees did so in four straight seasons from 1936-39.
  2. The Astros have won 11 straight games against the Mariners, and are 16-1 against Seattle on the season. If Houston wins both games of this series, it will tie the best record of any team against a divisional opponent in a season (divisional era started in 1969): the Indians are 18-1 against the Tigers this season.
  3. Gerrit Cole has struck out 10+ batters in each of his last seven starts. Justin Verlander also had a streak of seven straight starts with double-digit strikeouts earlier in the season. Prior to those two, the last right-handed pitcher to strikeout at least 10 batters in that many straight starts was Pedro Martinez in 1999, who struck out 10+ in 10 straight starts.
  4. Alex Bregman (39) and George Springer (38) have combined to hit 77 home runs this season, second most of any Astros duo in a season all-time. Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo combined for 91 in 2000.
  5. Shed Long has recorded multiple hits in eight of his last 10 games. Over this time, since September 12, only Yoan Moncada (9) has more multi-hits games than Long (8).
  6. Jose Altuve is just the second player all-time listed at 5'6" or shorter to hit 30 home runs in a season. The only other player is Hack Wilson, who hit 30+ home runs in 1927, '28, '29 and '30 at 5'6".
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2019 thru 9/25/2019

The Houston Astros still have something to play for when they visit the Seattle Mariners for a two-game series beginning Tuesday night.

The Astros (102-54) clinched their third straight American League West title during the weekend, and began the week holding a half-game lead over the New York Yankees for the league's best record and home-field advantage throughout the league playoffs.

"Our first goal is winning the division," Astros shortstop Alex Bregman told MLB.com. "Everyone that's in here is happy about that, but nobody's satisfied.

"We've got to take it one step at a time. We've got a few games left in the regular season, and we want to finish strong. We want our guys to go into the postseason feeling healthy, and I think we're off to a great start."

With the division title secured, Astros manager AJ Hinch challenged his players to capture another World Series. Houston won it all in 2017.

"We worked for it all year, and this is not easy," Hinch said. "These guys put in the work and we get to the finish line and win the West. We feel really good about it. We love this team. We can accomplish big things, and this is the first step, hopefully, of a few of these celebrations if we keep playing."

The Astros clinched their division title with Sunday's 13-5 home victory against the Los Angeles Angels. George Springer hit three home runs and Justin Verlander won his 20th game.

Right-hander Gerrit Cole (18-5, 2.61 ERA), who joins Verlander as leading Cy Young Award contenders, is scheduled to start Tuesday against Mariners right-hander Justin Dunn (0-0, 6.75 ERA), making his third major-league start.

Cole has a major league leading 302 strikeouts, 11 shy of J.R. Richard's team record set in 1978.

Cole is 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA in eight career starts against the Mariners. He's 3-0 in three appearances this season, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits in 21 innings, with 36 strikeouts.

The Astros have feasted on the last-place Mariners (66-90), going 16-1.

Seattle returns home following a six-game (4-2) trip to Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

One bright spot for the Mariners has been outfielder Kyle Lewis, a 2016 first-round pick called up from Double-A Arkansas on Sept. 10.

Lewis homered in six of his first 10 major league games.

"That's Superman over there," rookie shortstop Donnie Walton, called up from Arkansas the same day as Lewis, told MLB.com. "He's been doing that all year, but it just didn't show because we play at a field where it doesn't fly. It doesn't have these baseballs. But we all knew.

"We were like, 'If (Lewis) just gets to the big leagues, it's gonna show.'"

Lewis said he has been trying to keep a simple approach.

"Every day is still a learning process for me," Lewis told MLB.com. "I'm just trying to work and keep my head down, honestly."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 23, 2019

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