2016 Game 70: Angels at Astros

6-20-16

Los Angeles Angels (31-38, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (34-36, 3rd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Scattered T-Storms, 89 F, Wind E 7mph, 35% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup

Jhoulys Chacin (3-4, 5.00 ERA)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 9, 2016 (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 9, 2016 (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Chacin has made 7 starts since coming over from Atlanta and is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA for the Angels so far. The month of June has been particularly unkind as he’s posted a 7.04 ERA so far in the month. His last start was Tuesday against the Twins and in that game he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings, but still earned the victory in a game the Angels won 5-4.

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Doug Fister (7-3, 3.26 ERA)

Doug Fister delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Minute Maid Park on June 3, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Doug Fister delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Minute Maid Park on June 3, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Fister seems to be enjoying his return to the AL as the Astros have won the last 9 games he has started. He is also 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA so far in June, which is 4th best in the AL for the month. In his last start in St. Louis he held the Cardinals to 2 runs on 5 hits over 7 1/3 innings to take the victory in a game the Astros won 5-2.

Game Notes

  • Second baseman Jose Altuve is hitting .393 in June with a .487 on-base percentage, and he’ll enter the series fresh after receiving a partial day off as Houston’s designated hitter Sunday. It was Altuve’s first game as DH this season. Altuve is hitting .545 (6-for-11) against the Angels in 2016.
  • The Astros have a 17-8 record since moving right fielder George Springer to the leadoff spot in the batting order May 24. Two of those wins ended on walk-off hits from Springer, including a 5-4 win at Minute Maid Park on Saturday over the Reds.
  • The Astros have won nine of their last 11 games at Minute Maid Park and are 19-15 overall at home this season.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .313
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .288
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .302
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .233
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .265
  6. LF-Daniel Nava – .224
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .220
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .188
  9. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .289

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .264
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .255
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve – .342
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .254
  5. LF-Colby Rasmus – .226
  6. CF-Carlos Gomez – .210
  7. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .244
  8. DH-Evan Gattis – .213
  9. C-Jason Castro – .207

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 45-25 (.643)
  2. Seattle: 36-33 (.522) – 8.5 GB
  3. Houston: 34-36 (.486) – 11 GB
  4. Angels: 31-38 (.449) – 13.5 GB
  5. Oakland: 28-41 (.406) – 16.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Seattle @ Detroit – 4:07pm PT
  • Baltimore @ Texas – 5:05pm PT
  • Oakland – OFF

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