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Gordon hopes to start new streak vs. Astros
Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners
- The Astros won one of three games at home against Texas. Houston is 4-3 against its own division this season (all versus Texas) following a season where it went 50-26, tying the Indians for the best in-division record in MLB.
- The Mariners won two of three against the Athletics and have won four of their last five. Seattle managed only two hits in Sunday's loss one day after becoming the fourth American League team this year to record at least 17 hits in a game.
- Houston dominated Seattle in 2017, going 14-5, tied for the best record against any divisional opponent (Cubs, 14-5 versus Cardinals). The Astros have won six in a row against the Mariners after sweeping the final two series last year.
- Edwin Diaz is perfect in save situations this season, having successfully closed out six games. Diaz is one off the saves lead (Wade Davis and Jeurys Familia, seven each) and is one of six pitchers in MLB to have saved at least five and blown zero chances.
- Dallas Keuchel has already picked up two losses this year after losing only five games in 2017. His WHIP is an abnormally high 1.80 through three starts; Keuchel has posted four straight sub-1.30 WHIP seasons.
- James Paxton has gone at least five innings and allowed no more than two earned runs in two straight starts after allowing six earned runs in 4.2 innings in his season debut. His 17 strikeouts over his past two starts tie the third-best span of his career (18 -- twice in July 2017).
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Dee Gordon was finally held hitless this season but only because of a close call that had to go to a video review.
Gordon hit safely in each of the first 12 games until Sunday and attempts to start a new streak Monday night when the Seattle Mariners host the Houston Astros in the opener of a four-game series at Safeco Field.
Gordon's streak ended in the eighth inning of a 2-1 loss to Oakland. He laid a bunt down the third-base line with a runner on in the eighth inning of a 2-1 loss to Oakland, but Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was able to throw him out.
At least, that's what the umpire ruled.
Mariners manager Scott Servais requested a review of the play, which was inconclusive, leaving Gordon without a hit.
Gordon, acquired from Miami during the offseason, has been quite the catalyst for the Mariners thus far, along with Nos. 2-3 hitters Jean Segura and Robinson Cano. Gordon is hitting .327 while Cano is batting .375 and Segura also is hitting .327.
"The story should be about these guys and the way they are swinging it," Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales said. "I can't speak enough of Dee and the energy he brings. You can tell he just fires guys up."
The day they acquired Gordon, a Gold Glove Award-winning second baseman, the Mariners announced they would be moving him to center field, a position he had never previously played in the majors.
"I thought that would be a challenge for him," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Different ballparks and the uniqueness of where the wall is at, how to time certain things and getting a fell for reading balls off the bat -- it does take time. You want to get as familiar as you can as fast as you can. But I'm not worried about Dee Gordon. He's a pro."
Gordon has had a couple of hiccups, with two errors thus far.
"I think not enough people understand that I've only been playing center field for like, what, a month? Gordon told the Tacoma News Tribune. "If I had been perfect at this to start the season then somebody should get me a Gold Glove."
But he's getting used to it and seems up to the challenge.
"I think it's cooler (playing center field), honestly," Gordon said. "But I love second base and I do miss it. But I just want to help us win games."
The series opener will feature a pair of talented left-handers still in search of their first victory of the season.
Houston's Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is 0-2 with a 4.20 ERA.
In 15 career appearances against the Mariners, including 14 starts, he's 8-5 with a 2.70 ERA.
Keuchel pitched just four innings in his last start, a 4-1 loss at Minnesota, and walked four batters for the second straight appearance.
"Teams are giving me the opportunity to get ahead (in the count) and I'm just behind on a few guys," Keuchel said after his last start. "I've got to attack the zone and make more quality pitches and be more competitive early to get them on the defense. When you get major league hitters on the defense, your chances at success go skyrocketing up."
Keuchel is scheduled to be opposed by Seattle's James Paxton (0-1, 5.74 ERA). Paxton has made eight starts against the Astros in his career, going 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA.
Paxton took a no-decision Wednesday at Kansas City when he allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of a 4-2 win. He allowed two runs for the second straight start and struck out 10.
Updated April 16, 2018