MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 370
Seattle0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 020
  W: Z. Greinke (8-1)   L: Y. Kikuchi (6-11)   S: W. Harris (3)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, September 25, 2019
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 10,916

Greinke, Astros shoot for sweep in Seattle

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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
(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The good news for the Seattle Mariners is they didn't have to face Justin Verlander in the current series against Houston, as Verlander pitched Sunday when the Astros clinched their third straight American League West title.

The bad?

They got Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke instead.

Cole pitched seven scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts Tuesday in a 3-0 victory at Seattle. It was his 19th win of the season, matching his career high set with Pittsburgh in 2015, and in the process, he eclipsed J.R. Richard's franchise record of 313 strikeouts in a season.

Cole went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Mariners this season, with 50 strikeouts in 28 innings. He has 316 K's total.

"What are you going to say?" Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He's basically dominating the league right now, and we've seen him a few too many times this year. We're not the only team he's shut down this year or will shut down the remainder of their season."

Greinke (17-5, 3.05 ERA), who is 7-1 with a 3.48 ERA since being acquired from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline, will take the mound Wednesday as the Astros go for a sweep of the two-game series in Seattle. The right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 13 career appearances against the Mariners, including 11 starts.

The Astros have defeated the Mariners in 17 of 18 meetings thus far in 2019.

Alex Bregman hit his 40th homer of the season in Houston's Tuesday victory.

"(He had) the biggest smile on his face running the bases ... comes back in the dugout super pumped," Astros manager AJ Hinch said of Bregman. "That's a big number in the middle of our order. He's been the most consistent performer on our team, he's been in our lineup virtually every game."

Another of the Astros' stars, shortstop Carlos Correa, was scratched from the lineup Tuesday because of tightness in his back. Correa returned from the injured list last week after missing 26 games with a back issue.

"Any time this happens the last week of the season, we're going to err on the side of caution and take him out of the lineup," Hinch said. "He probably could have gone. It's one of those things where it's a gray area, and with this thing, I'm not going to mess around with it. I'll take it out of his hands.

"I'm glad he's not in pain. I'm sure he wants to play. It's the last week of the season, and I'm going to sit him."

Correa, who is batting .279 with 21 home runs and 59 RBIs in 75 games this season, also missed 50 games from May 27-July 21 after he broke a rib.

The Astros (103-54) are 1 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees (102-56) in the race for the best record in the majors and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Mariners (66-91) are scheduled to send rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (6-10, 5.55 ERA) to the mound Wednesday for his final start of the season. Kikuchi is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA in three starts against the Astros.

In his latest outing, Kukichi lasted just four innings Thursday at Pittsburgh, allowing four runs on eight hits in a no-decision.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 25, 2019

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