2016 Game 97: Angels at Astros

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7-23-16

Los Angeles Angels (43-53, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (52-44, 2nd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 94F, Wind SSE 8 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Jered Weaver (8-7, 5.02 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 6, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 6, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

It would seem as though the extra rest afforded to Weaver during the All-Star break certainly did him some good as his fastball velocity was up a couple of ticks from its 83 MPH season average his last time out against the White Sox on Sunday. In that game he worked 7 innings giving up just 1 run on 6 hits to take the victory in a game the Angels won 8-1, and his fastball hit 87.5 MPH at one point, and sat around 85 all day.

~VS~

Collin McHugh (6-6, 4.25 ERA)

Collin McHugh delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Collin McHugh delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

While McHugh has been struggling through an inconsistent season overall, he seems to have regained the form that made him a 19-game winner last year over his last 6 starts. Over those 6 starts he is 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA, giving up just 10 earned runs over 37 1/3 innings in the span. His last start Sunday in Seattle was a beauty as he held the Mariners scoreless over 6 innings while striking out 10 to take the victory in a game the Astros won 8-1.

Game Notes

  • Entering Saturday, Jose Altuve leads the American League in batting average (.358), hits (135), on-base percentage (.427) and steals (25). The last player to lead the AL in those categories at season’s end was Ty Cobb in 1917.
  • Weaver has given up two runs in 13 innings this month. His fastball averaged 85.71 mph in his previous start, his highest of the season and way up from the 83.5 mph averaged in the outing prior to that.
  • This will be McHugh’s 20th start of the season. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in six consecutive starts with the Astros, going 5-1 in those games.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .316
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .285
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .317
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .252
  5. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .276
  6. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .156
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .262
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .204
  9. LF-Todd Cunningham – .182

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .256
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .254
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve – .358
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .263
  5. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .254
  6. DH-Preston Tucker – .182
  7. CF-Carlos Gomez – .211
  8. C-Evan Gattis – .218
  9. LF-Jake Marisnick – .206

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-64 (.340)
  2. Minnesota: 36-60 (.375)
  3. Cincinnati: 37-59 (.385)
  4. Tampa Bay: 38-58 (.396)
  5. Arizona: 40-56 (.417)
  6. Milwaukee: 40-54 (.426)
  7. San Diego: 42-55 (.433)
  8. Oakland: 43-54 (.443)
  9. Angels: 43-53 (.448)
  10. Philadelphia: 45-53 (.459)

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