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Seattle0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 271
Houston2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 x 5140
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  W: J. Urquidy (1-2)   L: J. Sheffield (1-2)   S: R. Pressly (2)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, April 26, 2021
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 11,862

Shooting for .500, Astros welcome Mariners for four games

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros

  1. After Houston won seven of 10 games between these clubs in 2020, the Mariners took two of three games in Seattle earlier this month. The M's scored 13 runs in their two victories and were shut out in the other game.
  2. The Mariners are 7-4 on the road and have not lost a series away from home (2-0-1). In 2020, they had lost 14 times on the road before getting road wins Nos. 7 and 8.
  3. It's been a tale of three seasons for the Astros: a 6-1 start, an ensuing 1-9 stretch, then three wins in four weekend games against the Angels. Houston ranks fifth in MLB with a .276 batting average versus left-handed pitching.
  4. Ty France (25 hits, 13 RBI) and Mitch Haniger (26 hits, 17 RBI) are two of seven AL players with 25 or more hits and 10-plus RBI. France has eight doubles, and Haniger has seven; both rank in the American League's top five.
  5. Jose Altuve is hitting .500 versus left-handers (11-for-22), tops in MLB among players with at least 20 at-bats against southpaws. His 11 hits against lefties are tied for second most in MLB; Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel have 10 apiece.
  6. Justus Sheffield has allowed only 15 hits in 16.2 innings in 2021 -- but six of those hits have gone for extra bases (three 2B, three HR). Right-handed batters are hitting Jose Urquidy at a .348 clip with two homers in 46 at-bats. Opposing lefty hitters have a .171 average in 35 at-bats, with no home runs.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/26/2021 thru 4/29/2021

The Houston Astros appeared to have discovered a bit of magic during their four-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels, so much so that the circumstances behind their two-run deficit in the finale didn't appear to be enough to stem the recent tide of their winning ways.

However, the Astros didn't have quite enough to complete the four-game sweep of the Angels on Sunday, falling 4-2 to drop a game under .500.

Nevertheless, the Astros claimed a key series in their escape from the division cellar. But with the Seattle Mariners, whom Houston will host in a four-game series starting Monday, and the Oakland Athletics losing on Sunday, the Astros feel as though they lost an opportunity for more.

"You wanted all of them, but it's difficult to (sweep) a four-game series, which we did early in the year (at Oakland)," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll take three out of four. We would have liked to have won (Sunday) to pick up ground on Seattle and pick up ground on Oakland."

Right-hander Jose Urquidy (0-2, 5.14 ERA) will start the series opener for the Astros on Monday. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks with a season-low one strikeout in five innings in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on April 21. Urquidy posted 14 strikeouts over his previous two starts and 11 2/3 innings.

Urquidy has not recorded a decision in two appearances (one start) against the Mariners. He has allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 9 2/3 innings.

Left-hander Justus Sheffield (1-1, 4.86) gets the start for the Mariners on Monday. He recorded a season-high six strikeouts in his previous start, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 19. Monday will mark his first start against an American League West opponent this season.

Sheffield has faced the Astros once previously, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts over six innings in the Mariners' 3-2 road loss on Aug. 16, 2020.

The Mariners fell 5-3 in Boston on Sunday yet salvaged split of that four-game series. They will land in Houston with a measure of concern regarding left-hander Nick Margevicius, who recorded just one out against the Red Sox in what was the shortest start of his career.

Margevicius walked four batters and allowed four runs. He is experiencing shoulder fatigue and will undergo an MRI in Houston. After Margevicius' departure, Ljay Newsome logged four innings in relief to spare the bullpen, a crucial development in advance of a four-game series.

"Obviously, he gave us a chance to come back in the ballgame," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "But even more importantly than that, what it sets us up to do going forward because we didn't have to run through every guy in our bullpen (Sunday)."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 26, 2021

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