2016 Game 78: Astros at Angels

6-28-16

GAME INFO

Houston Astros (40-37, 2nd AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (32-45, 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 80F, Wind SW 10mph

Pitching Matchup

Scott Feldman (4-3, 3.07 ERA)

Scott Feldman delivers a pitch during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 24, 2016 (ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Scott Feldman delivers a pitch during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 24, 2016 (ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Feldman has been pitching out of Houston’s bullpen since April 30 and has gone 4-1 with one blown save and a 1.85 ERA in 24 1/3 innings (16 appearances) out of the bullpen.  He had also been 0-2 with a 4.58 ERA over 4 starts from the rotation in April. He returns to the rotation tonight in place of Lance McCullers, who is suffering from a blister on his throwing hand. Feldman’s last start was April 24 against Boston and in that game he gave up 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits in 4 1/3 innings and took a no-decision in a game the Astros lost 7-5.

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Tim Lincecum (1-1, 5.00 ERA)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Angel Stadium on June 23, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium on June 23, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

While Lincecum’s Angel debut was impressive as he held the A’s to 1 run on 4 hits in 6 innings in Oakland on June 18, his Angel Stadium debut – also against Oakland – didn’t go so well. He ran into trouble in the 2nd inning and ended up giving up a 4-spot in the inning to the A’s, and ended up being done after just 3 innings. In the end he was charged with 4 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings and took the loss in a game the Angels lost 5-4. He will hope to redeem himself against a new opponent this evening.

Game Notes

  • Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch said McCullers stopped his throwing program simply as a precautionary measure with Feldman’s availability and the All-Star break just two weeks away. McCullers could return to the rotation this weekend in Houston against the White Sox, or he could throw Monday, which would have been his normal day to pitch had he been able to make his Tuesday start.
  • Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia said Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar is “making progress” in his return from a bone bruise in his left knee, but did not say whether or not he expects him to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. He hasn’t played since suffering the injury in the seventh inning on Thursday. Jefry Marte has been the main replacement at third base, with right fielder Kole Calhoun assuming leadoff duties.
  • Astros second baseman Jose Altuve extended his career-long on-base streak to 30 consecutive games with a third-inning single in Monday’s series opener at Angel Stadium. He’s the first Astros player to reach in 30 consecutive games since Willy Taveras a decade ago. It’s the longest active streak in the Majors.

Starting Lineups

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .261
  2. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .263
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve – .348
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .258
  5. LF-Colby Rasmus – .250
  6. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .252
  7. CF-Carlos Gomez – .221
  8. DH-Evan Gattis – .221
  9. C-Jason Castro – .219

Angels

  1. RF-Kole Calhoun – .290
  2. Cf-Mike Trout – .319
  3. DH-Albert Pujols – .240
  4. LF-Daniel Nava – .206
  5. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .275
  6. 1B-Jefry Marte – .276
  7. 3B-Gregorio Petit – .286
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .183
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .226

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Minnesota: 24-51 (.320)
  2. Atlanta: 26-50 (.342)
  3. Cincinnati: 29-48 (.377)
  4. Angels: 32-45 (.416)
  5. Philadelphia: 33-45 (.423)

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