2016 Game 48: Astros at Angels

5-27-16

Houston Astros (20-28, T-4th AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (21-26, 3rd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 69F, Wind SW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

Mike Fiers (3-2, 4.35 ERA)

Mike Fiers delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2016 (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Mike Fiers delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2016 (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Fiers has been quite a solid performer for Houston this season as he’s given up 2 earned runs or fewer in 5 of his last 6 starts dating back to April 23. His last start was Saturday at home against Texas and in that game he held the Rangers to 2 runs on just 6 hits over 7 innings, but took the tough luck loss as the Astros dropped that game 2-1.

~VS~

Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 6.81 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 21, 2016 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 21, 2016 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Shoemaker has obviously had quite the rocky season, and his struggles ultimately culminated in a demotion to AAA in late April. He didn’t end up making a start in AAA however, as injuries necessitated his recall to the big club. He has been able to turn things around lately however, as he’s pitched to a 2.19 ERA over 12 1/3 innings in his last two starts, lowering his season ERA from 9.12 ERA to its current 6.81. His last start in particular was very encouraging. In that game he held Baltimore scoreless on just 3 hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out a career-high 12.

Game Notes

  • Albert Pujols‘ 50 home runs are the most all-time against the Astros, four more than the second-place Hank Aaron. Entering play on Wednesday, Pujols carried a .954 OPS over a 13-game stretch.
  • A rematch between the Rasmus brothers will have to wait. Colby Rasmus continues to play left field for the Astros, but his brother, Angels long reliever Cory Rasmus, is on the disabled list with a groin injury. Colby hit a double against Cory, then with the Braves, in 2013, but the two have not faced off since both have been in the same division the last three years.
  • Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has faced Shoemaker the most of any Astros hitter, and has had some success, going 4-for-9 with a double and a home run.

Starting Lineups

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .270
  2. 2B-Jose Altuve – .311
  3. SS-Carlos Correa – .245
  4. LF-Colby Rasmus – .222
  5. DH-Evan Gattis – .242
  6. 1B-Luis Valbuena – .220
  7. 3B-Colin Moran – .000
  8. C-Jason Castro – .209
  9. CF-Jake Marisnick – .125

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .314
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .298
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .318
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .218
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .250
  6. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .282
  7. LF-Rafael Ortega – .275
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .211
  9. SS-Gregorio Petit – .262

AL West Standings

  1. Seattle: 28-18 (.609)
  2. Texas: 27-20 (.574) – 1.5 GB
  3. Angels: 21-26 (.447) – 7.5 GB
  4. Houston: 20-28 (.417) – 9 GB
  5. Oakland: 20-28 (.417) – 9 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Pittsburgh @ Texas – 5:05pm PT
  • Detroit @ Oakland – 7:05pm PT
  • Minnesota @ Seattle – 7:10pm PT

Leave a Reply