(Seattle, WA) -- If the Mariners want any chance at making up ground in the AL West, now is the time. Seattle opens a four-game series against the Astros in Houston tonight. The 'Stros lead the division with a 73-and-42 record. They're five games ahead of the A's and eight in front of the M's. James Paxton takes the ball for Seattle. The Astros counters with Justin Verlander.