2016 Game 98: Angels at Astros

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7-24-16

Los Angeles Angels (43-54, 5th AL West) at Houston Astros (53-44, 2nd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Cloudy, 96F, Wind SSE 3 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Tim Lincecum (2-3, 6.59 ERA)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 5, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 5, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Lincecum has had a rough go of it so far in his time with the Angels as his 6.59 ERA would indidcate. He’s had particular trouble with the home run ball as he’s given up 6 in his 6 starts and has given up 47 hits overall in just 28 2/3 innings. His last time out Tuesday against Texas was a bit shaky as well as he gave up 5 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits in 5 innings, but the Angel offense gave him plenty of support and he took the victory in a game the Angels won 8-6.

~VS~

Mike Fiers (6-4, 4.75 ERA)

Mike Fiers delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 6, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Mike Fiers delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 6, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

While Fiers has been a solid performer overall for the Astros this season, he’s run into a bit of trouble over his last two starts. He’s failed to complete 4 innings in each of them and things turned particularly ugly his last time out Monday in Oakland. In that game he was pulled with 2 outs in the 4th inning after giving up 6 runs on 5 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. He was charged with the loss in a game the Astros dropped 7-4, but more disturbingly Fiers was seen having confrontations with manager A.J. Hinch and his teammates in the dugout after being removed from the game.

Game Notes

  • Astros catcher Jason Castro is expected to be available after being scratched from Saturday’s lineup with a right hand contusion after a foul tip bounced off the back of his hand in the ninth inning of Friday’s game.
  • In 10 career starts against the Astros, Lincecum has a 5-1 record with a 1.60 ERA (12 ER/67.2 IP).
  • Entering Sunday, the Astros have won ten straight against Los Angeles, which is Houston’s longest winning streak against an AL team in franchise history.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .318
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .285
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .314
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .249
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .231
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .279
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .163
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .274
  9. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .277

Houston

  1. DH-George Springer – .260
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .253
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve.357
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .266
  5. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .254
  6. C-Evan Gattis – .224
  7. RF-Colby Rasmus – .229
  8. CF-Carlos Gomez – .207
  9. LF-Preston Tucker – .178

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-65 (.337)
  2. Minnesota: 37-60 (.381)
  3. Cincinnati: 38-59 (.392)
  4. Tampa Bay: 38-59 (.392)
  5. Arizona: 40-57 (.412)
  6. San Diego: 42-56 (.429)
  7. Milwaukee: 41-54 (.432)
  8. Angels: 43-54 (.443)
  9. Oakland: 44-54 (.449)
  10. Philadelphia: 45-54 (.455)

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