Astros host Mariners, look to build on Verlander's strong outing
Houston; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
LINE: Astros -446; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Houston heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Justin Verlander. Verlander went seven innings, surrendering one run on four hits with seven strikeouts against Seattle.
The Astros are 45-15 against teams from the AL West. Houston has a team on-base percentage of .348, good for first in in the majors. Alex Bregman leads the club with a mark of .415.
The Mariners are 25-44 against teams from the AL West. Seattle is slugging .434 as a unit. Kyle Seager leads the team with a slugging percentage of .498. The Astros won the last meeting 2-1. Justin Verlander earned his 18th victory and Bregman went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Houston. Austin Adams registered his second loss for Seattle.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bregman leads the Astros with 70 extra base hits and is slugging .578. George Springer is 8-for-23 with a double, three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .243 batting average, 4.26 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs
Mariners: 2-8, .223 batting average, 5.03 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
Astros Injuries: Aaron Sanchez: (pectoral), Ryan Pressly: (knee), Brad Peacock: (shoulder), Collin McHugh: (undisclosed), Lance McCullers Jr.: (elbow), George Springer: (head), Yuli Gurriel: (leg), Carlos Correa: (back).
Mariners Injuries: Arodys Vizcaino: (shoulder), Connor Sadzeck: (elbow), Chasen Bradford: (forearm/elbow), Domingo Santana: (elbow), Mitch Haniger: (testicle), Jake Fraley: (thumb), Ryon Healy: (back), J.P. Crawford: (hamstring).