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MLB : ATS Matchup
Monday 8/20/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  -120

+1.5  +100



HOUSTON (75 - 49) at SEATTLE (71 - 54)
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Monday, 8/20/2018 10:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
969HOUSTON-160Ov 8,-110-175Ov 8,-110
970SEATTLE+150Un 8,-110+165Un 8,-110
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games75-49-12.853-644.90.2530.3230.4140.7373.30.2160.2720.3480.620
Road Games42-20+15.625-315.40.2630.3290.4400.7693.00.2110.2770.3250.602
vs Right-handed Starters47-29-2.632-395.00.2530.3200.4180.7373.30.2140.2760.3370.613
Past 7 Games2-5-6.42-44.40.2070.2650.4010.6664.00.2650.3050.4120.717
Grass Games74-46-953-615.00.2560.3260.4180.7443.30.2150.2720.3500.622
Night Games49-34-12.931-484.50.2520.3240.3980.7223.10.2110.2690.3450.614
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.90.2530.32312441941062198151490.41458742995156807137498651
Road Games5.40.2630.32962218357511411830.4403272144882640478194622
Righty Starters5.00.2530.3207625616471266950.4183692525683248281355325
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.071.050358125122282379443221-17291565.9%
Road Games2.340.9651734645114135321110-617673.9%

SEATTLE - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games71-54+12.461-624.10.2550.3060.3980.7044.50.2530.3040.4100.713
Home Games37-26+3.829-323.60.2450.2960.3830.6784.10.2400.2940.3880.682
vs Right-handed Starters50-33+1744-384.20.2560.3060.4100.7164.60.2510.3050.4130.718
Past 7 Games3-4-0.14-33.00.2280.2740.3320.6065.70.2580.3310.4370.768
Grass Games66-52+957-594.10.2540.3040.3960.7004.50.2530.3050.4090.714
Night Games48-33+11.238-414.20.2580.3070.4060.7134.50.2540.3060.4110.717
SEATTLE - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.10.2550.30612542481082177221290.398495316938548171136811654
Home Games3.60.2450.2966320515027710620.3832201484932438748426432
Righty Starters4.20.2560.30683279271411617940.4103422016033751380467137
SEATTLE - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.071.259411.42001863855113341826-17492071%
Home Games3.771.24321010188188327321714-8261170.3%
HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/6/2018MORTON(R)@ SAN FRANCISCORODRIGUEZ(R)3-1W-1407 evU430450
8/9/2018VERLANDER(R)SEATTLEPAXTON(L)6-8L-1406.5 evO9901471
8/10/2018COLE(R)SEATTLELEAKE(R)2-5L-1907.5 unU970740
8/11/2018MORTON(R)SEATTLELEBLANC(L)2-3L-2108 ovU5511050
8/12/2018KEUCHEL(L)SEATTLERAMIREZ(R)3-4L-1908.5 evU7601151
8/14/2018VERLANDER(R)COLORADOMARQUEZ(R)1-5L-1957 ovU3501291
8/15/2018COLE(R)COLORADOANDERSON(L)12-1W-2057.5 unO1120540
8/17/2018MORTON(R)@ OAKLANDJACKSON(R)3-4L-1458 unU6618100
8/18/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ OAKLANDCAHILL(R)1-7L-1058 unP2101160
8/19/2018VERLANDER(R)@ OAKLANDMANAEA(L)9-4W-1657.5 unO1320850
8/27/2018 OAKLAND  

SEATTLE - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
8/6/2018LEBLANC(L)@ TEXASPEREZ(L)4-3W-11011.5 evU14121671
8/7/2018HERNANDEZ(R)@ TEXASCOLON(R)4-11L-12011 ovO9521041
8/8/2018GONZALES(L)@ TEXASGALLARDO(R)7-11L-14510.5 ovO94119102
8/9/2018PAXTON(L)@ HOUSTONVERLANDER(R)8-6W1306.5 evO1471990
8/10/2018LEAKE(R)@ HOUSTONCOLE(R)5-2W1807.5 unU740970
8/11/2018LEBLANC(L)@ HOUSTONMORTON(R)3-2W1908 ovU1050551
8/12/2018RAMIREZ(R)@ HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L)4-3W1808.5 evU1151760
8/13/2018GONZALES(L)@ OAKLANDMANAEA(L)6-7L1158 ovO10701180
8/14/2018PAXTON(L)@ OAKLANDFIERS(R)2-3L-1307.5 evU950860
8/15/2018LEAKE(R)@ OAKLANDANDERSON(L)2-0W1058.5 ovU1090681
8/17/2018LEBLANC(L)LA DODGERSBUEHLER(R)1-11L+1158 evO4611141
8/18/2018RAMIREZ(R)LA DODGERSHILL(L)5-4W+1308.5 ovO870671
8/19/2018ELIAS(L)LA DODGERSKERSHAW(L)1-12L+1758 ovO55117121
HOUSTON: 2017: 101-61, first place, won World Series.
MANAGER: A.J. Hinch (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Hector Rondon.
SUBTRACTIONS: DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Michael Feliz, INF Colin Moran.
OUTLOOK: With almost everyone back from last year's championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be confident with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as World Series champs.
SEATTLE: 2017: 78-84, tied for third place.
MANAGER: Scott Servais (third season).
ADDITIONS: CF Dee Gordon, 1B Ryon Healy, RHP Juan Nicasio, INF-OF Andrew Romine, OF Ichiro Suzuki, LHP Dario Alvarez.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Yonder Alonso, OF Jarrod Dyson, LHP Drew Smyly, 1B Danny Valencia, C Carlos Ruiz, RHP Yovani Gallardo, RHP Emilio Pagan.
OUTLOOK: The Mariners' odd place in the AL was only amplified by what happened to them in spring training. Injuries illustrated the slim margin they have if they plan to contend for a playoff spot. They're talented enough to compete for a wild card, but probably not good enough to catch the Astros in the division. Pitching will be the key. Seattle used a major league-record 40 pitchers last year and would like to avoid a repeat performance. The bullpen has promise, putting pressure on the rotation to stabilize and get deep enough into games. Right-handed reliever David Phelps needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season, though. Offensively, the top of the lineup has a chance to be potent with the addition of a speedster in Gordon. Healy missed most of spring training after hand surgery, but if he's productive Seattle could end up fielding its deepest lineup in years. That might be necessary with all the pitching questions.
Hernandez returns to Mariners' rotation vs. Astros

Felix Hernandez's banishment to the bullpen did not last long.

With staff ace James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list after taking a line drive off his left forearm in the first inning last Tuesday in Oakland, "King Felix" will return to the rotation when the Seattle Mariners host the American League West-leading Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

Hernandez (8-11, 5.62 ERA) is scheduled to be opposed by Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole (11-5, 2.71).

Hernandez lost his spot in the rotation after going 8-10 with a 5.73 ERA in 23 starts this season.

After 398 career starts, the veteran right-hander made his first relief appearance after Paxton was hit by Jed Lowrie's liner.

Hernandez wound up going 5 2/3 innings in that game, allowing two runs -- both on a Lowrie home run -- and five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

"It was weird," Hernandez admitted. "I just tried to throw as many pitches as I could to get loose. It was a little different. But I'm a professional, so I had to do my job and I did it."

It was enough for manager Scott Servais to put him back in the rotation.

"You have to look at the options we have," Servais said. "I've said all along he could end up back in the rotation. I was hoping it wouldn't be something like (an injury). But he certainly stepped up. When Felix is throwing strikes at the bottom of the strike zone and competing like that, he'll get good results."

The Mariners could use a lengthy start from Hernandez after dropping two of three to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Seattle sandwiched a 10-inning win around two losses while it was outscored by a combined 23-2 margin.

Utilityman Andrew Romine appeared twice on the mound in the series.

"Our bullpen has taken its toll," Servais said. "Unfortunately, it's where we're at. When the game gets out of hand like that and you have got to run a position player in there -- nobody wants to do it -- but (I'm) just trying to manage things going forward."

Hernandez will face the Astros for the first time this season. He's 4-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 12 career starts against them.

Cole is 2-2 with a 2.10 ERA in four career starts against the Mariners, three of them this season. He lost his past two against them, 2-0 on July 30 in Seattle and 5-2 on Aug. 10 in Houston.

The Astros regained sole possession of first place in the AL West with a 9-4 victory Sunday at Oakland, as Justin Verlander won his 200th career game and Houston blasted five home runs. The Athletics had tied the Astros atop the division by winning the first two games of the series.

"That was one of the tougher wins I've had to get this season," said Verlander, who was doused with champagne by teammates in the clubhouse after the game. "Our boys swung the bats and that made for a great day."

As for the AL West?

"It's a good race," Verlander said. "These guys (the A's) are no fluke whatsoever. We have the toughest division in baseball, without a doubt. The three teams are going to fight and claw all the way to the finish."

Last Updated: 4/18/2019 7:38:12 PM EST

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