Astros vs. Mariners: Wednesday's preview and lineups

Astros vs. Mariners: Wednesday's preview and lineups
September 11, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Coming off a 13-2 win over the Mariners, the Astros on Wednesday go for a series sweep at Safeco Field, where the Astros are 5-3 this year, in the finale of a seven-game road trip. The Astros, like the Mariners, will be ending a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. The Astros are 3-3 on the road trip and 5-5 in September. A win tonight would give the Astros only their second winning road trip of the season. The first was a 6-0 trip at Colorado (2-0) and LAA (4-0) May 29-June 3.

Rookie right-hander Brad Peacock (4-5) starts for Houston. He will be opposed by right-hander Brandon Maurer (4-7). Peacock is making his 12th start of the season and fourth against Seattle. In his previous start, Peacock held Oakland to two runs on five hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts and only one walk. Rookie shortstop Jonathan Villar will bat leadoff for the Astros followed by red-hot second baseman Jose Altuve, who is 21-for-46 (.457) in 10 September games. Altuve has three three-hit games and one four-hit game this month.

Seattle has lost three straight games, its third losing streak of at least three games since Aug. 23. The Mariners, who are 6-12 over their last 18 games, already have allowed 13 stolen bases in Sept. (10 games) after allowing only 12 in August (28 games) and three in July (25 games). At least one home run has been hit (by either the Mariners or opponent) in 39 consecutive games at Safeco Field. That’s every game since June 21.


Here are Wednesday’s lineups:


Astros (49-96)

  1. Jonathan Villar SS
  2. Jose Altuve 2B
  3. Trevor Crowe CF
  4. Brett Wallace 1B
  5. Matt Dominguez 3B
  6. Chris Carter LF
  7. Marc Krauss DH
  8. Carlos Corporan C
  9. Jimmy Paredes RF

RHP Brad Peacock (4-5, 5.62 ERA)



Mariners (65-80)


  1. Brad Miller SS
  2. Franklin Gutierrez RF
  3. Kyle Seager 3B
  4. Kendrys Morales DH
  5. Raul Ibanez LF
  6. Justin Smoak 1B
  7. Michael Saunders CF
  8. Mike Zunino C
  9. Dustin Ackley 2B

RHP Brandon Maurer (4-7, 6.85 ERA)

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