BOTTOM LINE: Houston heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Cristian Javier. Javier pitched seven innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with six strikeouts against Seattle.
The Astros are 12-6 against opponents from the AL West. Houston’s team on-base percentage of .322 is sixth in the majors. Yuli Gurriel leads the team with an OBP of .455.
The Mariners are 2-3 against the rest of their division. The Seattle offense has compiled a .210 batting average as a team this season, Ty France leads the team with a mark of .314.
The Astros won the last meeting 2-0. Cristian Javier earned his third victory and Yordan Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Houston. Marco Gonzales registered his third loss for Seattle.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with five home runs and has 15 RBIs.
Mitch Haniger leads the Mariners with 13 extra base hits and is batting .268.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 6-4, .251 batting average, 3.17 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs
Mariners: 4-6, .173 batting average, 2.79 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs