Critical takeaways from Astros disappointing series loss to Mariners


Critical takeaways from Astros disappointing series loss to Mariners
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The Houston Astros had an opportunity to secure a series win over the Mariners on Sunday, but the Astros bullpen once again was unable to hold the lead. That, along with the inability to get timely hitting, cost the Astros a much-needed series win.

The club is back to being 10 games under .500 as they head to New York to take on the Yankees.

Be sure to watch the video above as ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein discuss their takeaways from the series and outlook for the team moving forward.

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Javier is headed to the IL. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

Houston Astros right-handers Cristian Javier and José Urquidy will each undergo an MRI after both experienced forearm discomfort.

Javier was placed on the 15-day injured list Monday. Urquidy was pulled early from his rehab start with Triple-A Sugar Land last Friday. Houston manager Joe Espada said before Monday night’s series opener in Seattle that both pitchers will get an MRI on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Javier threw four innings and gave up a season-high eight hits in his most recent start against the Angels last Tuesday. It was his third start since missing 18 games earlier this season with neck discomfort. Javier skipped his scheduled bullpen Sunday because of the discomfort in his right forearm.

Urquidy was making his third rehab start for Sugar Land when he was pulled after 3 2/3 innings. He has yet to pitch in the majors this season due to forearm discomfort.

Houston recalled right-hander Alex Speas from Sugar Land to take Javier’s roster spot. The Astros also recalled first baseman José Abreu from Sugar Land and had him in the lineup at first base against the Mariners. The 2020 AL MVP started the season hitting .099 with three RBIs in 22 games before accepting a demotion to the minors.

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