Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros play in game 2 of series
Seattle Mariners (25-30, fourth in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (35-20, first in the AL West)
Houston; Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Chris Flexen (2-6, 4.55 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 40 strikeouts); Astros: Justin Verlander (6-2, 2.23 ERA, .80 WHIP, 61 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -259, Mariners +209; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Seattle Mariners face the Houston Astros leading the series 1-0.
Houston is 35-20 overall and 14-7 at home. The Astros have an 11-5 record in games decided by one run.
Seattle is 25-30 overall and 13-20 in road games. The Mariners are 20-4 in games when they out-hit their opponents.
The teams square off Tuesday for the 11th time this season. The season series is tied 5-5.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez has five doubles, two triples and 16 home runs for the Astros. Jose Altuve is 10-for-39 with a double and two home runs over the past 10 games.
Eugenio Suarez leads the Mariners with 23 extra base hits (11 doubles, a triple and 11 home runs). Kyle Lewis is 2-for-7 with two home runs and three RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 6-4, .248 batting average, 3.93 ERA, outscored by two runs
Mariners: 7-3, .256 batting average, 3.10 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
INJURIES: Astros: Blake Taylor: 15-Day IL (elbow), Jake Odorizzi: 15-Day IL (leg), Taylor Jones: 60-Day IL (back), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm), Jacob Meyers: 10-Day IL (shoulder)
Mariners: Kyle Lewis: 7-Day IL (concussion), Erik Swanson: 15-Day IL (right shouler), Ken Giles: 60-Day IL (finger), Tom Murphy: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Mitch Haniger: 10-Day IL (ankle), Evan White: 60-Day IL (sports hernia), Casey Sadler: 60-Day IL (shoulder)