Astros face the Mariners after Cole’s strong outing
Houston; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Houston heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Gerrit Cole. Cole pitched seven innings, surrendering one run on four hits with four strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Astros are 35-12 against teams from the AL West. Houston has hit 179 home runs this season, fourth in the MLB. Alex Bregman leads the club with 27, averaging one every 14 at-bats.
The Mariners have gone 23-36 against division opponents. Seattle has hit 178 home runs this season, fifth in the MLB. Daniel Vogelbach leads the club with 25, averaging one every 13.2 at-bats.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bregman leads the Astros with 27 home runs and is batting .265. Yordan Alvarez is 10-for-30 with four doubles, two home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .264 batting average, 2.80 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs
Mariners: 7-3, .285 batting average, 4.00 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs
Mariners Injuries: Arodys Vizcaino: 60-day IL (shoulder), Connor Sadzeck: 60-day IL (elbow), Felix Hernandez: 60-day IL (shoulder), Brandon Brennan: 10-day IL (shoulder), Chasen Bradford: 60-day IL (forearm), Dan Altavilla: 10-day IL (forearm), Austin Adams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Mitch Haniger: 10-day IL (testicle), Braden Bishop: 10-day IL (neck), Tim Beckham: day-to-day (oblique), Tim Lopes: 7-day IL (concussion), Ryon Healy: 60-day IL (back), Dee Gordon: 10-day IL (quad).