Houston ace Justin Verlander, who leads the major leagues in wins

takes a 13-3 record and 1.86 ERA into his start against visiting Seattle

The 39-year-old right-hander, in his first season back from Tommy John surgery

is 5-0 with a 0.79 ERA in his last five outings

striking out 36 and walking six in 34 innings.

Robbie Ray (8-7, 3.90), last year's AL Cy Young Award winner

pitches for the Mariners after getting hit hard Sunday as the Astros completed a three-game sweep in Seattle.

Pete Alonso and the first-place Mets are in Miami to face Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara

for the fourth time since June 19