Los Angeles Angels (31-39, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (35-36, 3rd AL West)
Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Cloudy, 79F, Wind SSW 8mph
Hector Santiago (4-4, 5.30 ERA)
Santiago’s up & down season continues this evening in Houston as he’s posted a 6.86 over 9 starts in the months of May and June. Hector is coming off a strong showing against Minnesota as he held the Twins to 1 run on 2 hits in 6 innings to take the victory in a game the Angels won 10-2, but in the start before that he couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits in just 1 1/3 innings. The Angels will hope for the good Hector tonight.
Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.89 ERA)
McHugh was a 19-game winner in 2015, but much like Santiago, he has struggled to find consistency this season. His season has been a series of mediocre starts with some brilliant ones mixed in. His last outing Wednesday in St. Louis falls into the brilliant category, as he held the Cards to just 1 run on 7 hits in 6 2/3 innings, but he took a no-decision in a game the Astros won late 4-1.
- Carlos Gomez may finally be turning a corner. The Astros’ center fielder singled in his first two at-bats on Monday and is riding a six-game hitting streak, producing multiple hits in four of those contests.
- Albert Pujols has done well against McHugh, going 6-for-17 with three walks and a home run. Mike Trout, however, has only reached base twice in 12 plate appearances. Jose Altuve (.235 batting average), Evan Gattis (.214) and George Springer (.100) have all struggled against Santiago.
- Pujols’ 52 regular-season home runs are the most ever against the Astros, but the 36-year-old is struggling to generate power this season. Pujols entered the series with a .393 slugging percentage that ranked 135th out of 170 qualified players.
- 3B-Yunel Escobar – .310
- RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
- CF-Mike Trout – .298
- LF-Daniel Nava – .226
- 1B-C.J. Cron – .265
- DH-Jefry Marte – .333
- 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .278
- C-Carlos Perez – .190
- SS-Andrelton Simmons – .215
- RF-George Springer – .262
- 1B-Alfredo Gonzalez – .000 – MLB debut
- 2B-Jose Altuve – .343
- SS-Carlos Correa – .259
- CF-Carlos Gomez – .222
- DH-Danny Worth – .211
- C-Evan Gattis – .214
- 3B-Luis Valbuena – .250
- LF-Jake Marisnick – .182
AL West Standings
- Texas: 46-25 (.648)
- Seattle: 36-34 (.514) – 9.5 GB
- Houston: 35-36 (.493) – 11 GB
- Angels: 31-39 (.443) – 14.5 GB
- Oakland: 28-41 (.406) – 17 GB
Other AL West Matchups
- Seattle @ Detroit – 4:10pm PT
- Cincinnati @ Texas – 5:05pm PT
- Milwaukee @ Oakland – 7:05pm PT