The Seattle Mariners send Chris Young to the mound on Wednesday (April 23) to bring an end to an eight-game losing streak. The Mariners fell again to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night (April 22), as the offense was only able to manage five hits against a pitching staff that has been struggling all season. The team also posted 14 strikeouts, with Abraham Almonte, Dustin Ackley, and Robinson Cano registering three each.
This has not been a season of improved offense for the team, as this is the second consecutive night that Astros pitchers have struck out 14 Mariners hitters. According to the latest Major League Baseball statistics, the team now has the third worst average in the entire league. They sport a .222 batting average to go along with a .276 on-base percentage and .632 OPS. It seems key additions to the roster just aren't doing enough in the early going.
Now Young will try to at least avoid the sweep as he takes the mound in the series finale. In three appearances this season, he has a 3.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He hasn't registered a decision yet and has walked six batters in just 11 innings. Young will have to work hard at keeping the ball down in the zone to ensure that the Astros hitters don't rack up more home runs in this series.
In the updated MLB standings, the Mariners are now just half a game out of last place in the American League West. A victory on Wednesday would help the team avoid the cellar, but a loss would give them the worst record in the league. They will be going up against Jarred Cosart, who has really struggled in four starts this season. He sports a 7.36 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 10 walks over 18 1/3 innings of work.
The game on Wednesday has an early start time of 12:40 p.m. PT at Safeco Field and Root Sports will be providing the television coverage again.