The Houston Astros hit the road for their first ever AL West road trip. For the next three games, they will be looking to rebound and help build this club against a much improved Seattle Mariners team. After the Astros Opening Night victory, everything has gone downhill and they’re looking at a five game losing streak heading into tonight’s game.
The Astros offense has been absolutely atrocious to begin the season. They are extremely lucky that they will not be facing Felix Hernandez in this series, or else they might set a strikeout record for a single game. Every starting pitcher the Astros have faced, other than Bartolo Colon, has matched or set a career high for strikeouts. This three-game series will not be easy for Houston as they will have to face a much improved Mariners team.
With sluggers Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales, the Astros are going to have to be extremely cautious with this lineup. If not, this team will make them pay. It was evident before the season started, that this isn’t the same Mariners team from last year. They’re looking to make a run this season, and will try to take advantage of the Astros in this three game series.
On the flip side, the Astros are looking to get their season off and running. After a 1-5 start, a couple wins are just what the doctor ordered for this young Astros team. In order for the Astros to jump start this series, they’re going to need Chris Carter to break out of his slump. If he can do that, the top of the Astros’ lineup doesn’t look that bad with the way Jose Altuve and Justin Maxwell have been playing.
Philip Humber returns to Seattle, the place where he threw his perfect game, and he is looking for a little more magic. The Astros will need to fire on all cylinders from the pitching to the defense, and definitely need the offense to do something. Eric Bedard and Brad Peacock will follow Humber in this series.
The Mariners are the better team, but it is baseball, so anything can happen.