2016 Game 50: Astros at Angels

5-29-16

GAME PREVIEW

Houston Astros (21-29, T-4th AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (22-27, 3rd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 71F, Wind SW 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Doug Fister (4-3, 4.12 ERA)

Doug Fister delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on May 18, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Doug Fister delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on May 18, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Fister has been a solid performer for Houston all season long as he’s posted quality starts in 6 of his 9 starts so far. In fact, he missed a quality start by a single out his last time out, which broke a streak of 6 consecutive quality starts. That last outing was Tuesday against Baltimore and in that game he held the Orioles to 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings in a game the Astros won 3-2, but Fister did not get a decision.

~VS~

Nick Tropeano (3-2, 2.86 ERA)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tropeano is well on his way toward having an excellent breakout season as he’s allowed 2 earned runs or fewer in 7 of his 9 starts this season. He’s currently on a run where he’s allowed just 1 run in his last 13 2/3 innings across two starts. His last start was particularly impressive in Texas on Monday. In that game he held the Rangers scoreless on 4 hits over 6 2/3 innings to earn the victory in a game the Angels won 2-0.

Game Notes

  • Mike Trout is hitting .400 (4-for-10) vs. Fister.
  • Fister has held Albert Pujols to a .125 average in eight at-bats, but the lone hit was a home run.
  • Tropeano went 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA in four September ’14 starts for the Astros.

Starting Lineups

Houston

  1. DH-George Springer – .274
  2. 2B-Jose Altuve – .313
  3. RF-Colby Rasmus – .229
  4. C-Evan Gattis – .238
  5. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .224
  6. 1B-Tyler White – .227
  7. SS-Marwin Gonzalez – .231
  8. CF-Jake Marisnick – .145
  9. LF-Tony Kemp – .211

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .307
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .291
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .319
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .220
  5. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .292
  6. LF-Rafael Ortega – .271
  7. SS-Cliff Pennington – .217
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .286
  9. 1B-Kaleb Cowart – .000

AL West Standings

  1. Seattle: 28-20 (.583)
  2. Texas: 28-21 (.571) – 0.5 GB
  3. Angels: 22-27 (.449) – 6.5 GB
  4. Houston: 21-29 (.420) – 8 GB
  5. Oakland: 21-29 (.420) – 8 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Pittsburgh @ Texas – 12:05pm PT
  • Detroit @ Oakland – 1:05pm PT
  • Minnesota @ Seattle – 1:10pm PT

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