Preview: Astros at Mariners

Preview: Astros at Mariners
September 9, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The Astros and Mariners will take the field for their final series this season on Monday night as the teams begin a three-game set.

In their first two series meetings in April, Houston took two-of-three in each, but Seattle (65-78) leads the Astros (47-96), 10-6 overall this season, including winning six of the last seven.

And it won’t get any easier for the Astros, who have lost 10 of 13. They will face one of the league’s top prospects in Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.60). The 21-year-old right-hander faced the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Aug. 30 in his major league debut and came out with a 7-1 victory, yielding one unearned run and two hits in five innings. In his two major league starts this season, he’s allowed just four earned runs in 10 innings. Between Double-A and Triple-A this season, he struck out 160 batters in 141 1/3 innings. This will likely be Walker’s last start of the year as the Mariners try to limit his innings.

The Astros will send fellow rookie Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.13) to the mound. He lasted a season-low four innings after giving up four runs in a 9-6 loss to Minnesota on Sept. 3. Before that, he hadn’t given up more than three runs in his previous eight career starts. This will be Cosart’s first appearance against Seattle.

Probably series pitching matchups:

Mon., Sept. 9 at 9:10 p.m.      RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.13) vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.60)

Tues., Sept. 10 at 9:10 p.m.    RHP Jordan Lyles (6-7, 5.08) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (11-13, 4.95)

Wed., Sept. 11 at 9:10 p.m.    RHP Brad Peacock (4-5, 5.62) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (12-9, 3.01)

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