The Mariners did what they needed to do in game 1 of this 11-game homestand: win. Saunders drove in the go ahead runs in the 7th and the Mariners didn’t look back after Fernando Rodney had a *gasp* quiet AND efficient 9th inning.
As Matt noted in the series preview, these four against the Astros and the next four against the 2nd place Angels are crucial for the Mariners to prove themselves legitimate.
Can the King maintain his throne tonight?
Seattle Mariners: 23-23. Last 10: (4-6).
Houston Astros 17-31. Last 10: (5-5).
Game time: 7:10 PM Pacific. Location: Seattle, Washington. Safeco Field.
EDGE: Felix. After a handful of shaky starts over the last month– and I mean shaky by Felix standards– Felix started to settle a bit in his last outing against the Twins. He remains one of the top-5 pitchers in baseball, and in the confines of Safeco should see success against this strikeout happy Astros squad.
Of Note: the M’s only managed 6 hits as a team last night, however they were patient at the plate and netted 6 walks. If they start consistently showing that kind of patience night in and night out, they should be winning a lot more of these close ballgames.
Chris Carter DH
Of Note: The Astros were held to a mere 4 hits last night by the Mariners pitching staff while striking out 11 times. It won’t get any easier tonight for them with King Felix’s deadly change-up.
Rumors are swirling that both the Mariners and the Rangers may be interested in the services of one Kendrys Morales. After Stephen Drew was re-signed by the Red Sox, it looks as if desperate teams are giving Morales a hard look. Keep your eye here for developments.
Felix will be Felix. Maybe the M’s will score a lot of runs, but I have a feeling that this could be one of those 2-1, or 3-2 games that Felix takes over and wills the M’s to victory.
Mariners 3, Astros 1.
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