Angels-Astros Game Two Preview:

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Houston Astros                                       Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

19-10                             AT                                                            13-16

1st, AL West                                                                                2nd, AL West

                                 Angel Stadium of Anaheim

 Weather forecast @ first pitch – Mostly Cloudy, 62F, Winds WSW 8mph, 20% chance of rain

TV: Fox Sports West – Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza

Radio: KLAA AM830 – Terry Smith & Mark Langston

Roberto Hernandez – RHP – 1-2, 4.25 ERA

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For the Astros, veteran right-hander Roberto Hernandez will toe the rubber this evening. Hernandez has proven to be a valuable pickup for the Astros so far this season, as he’s lasted at least 6 innings in each of his first 5 outings of the season. The Angels did however tag him for a loss back on April 17. Hernandez’s last start was May 3 at home vs. Seattle. In that start Hernandez was tagged for 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits over 6 innings in a game the Astros eventually won 7-6.

Vs.

Jered Weaver – RHP – 0-4, 6.29 ERA

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02:  Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  The Angels defeated the Twins 9-0.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 02: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 9-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

 Well it’s certainly no secret that ol’ DreamWeaver is off to the worst start of his 10-year career. More alarming is the dip in his average fastball velocity and the fact that neither he, Butcher, Scioscia nor anyone else seems to have an answer for what’s causing it or what to do about it. Nonetheless, given his track record Scioscia will give him every opportunity to right the ship, starting tonight. In his last start on May 3 in San Francisco, Weaver of course gave up 5 runs on 10 hits in just 5 innings to take his 4th loss.

Game Notes

  •  The Astros entered this series having won 10 of their first 12 games away from Minute Maid Park. Last year the Astros posted a 32-49 record on the road, including a 2-8 mark at Angel Stadium
  •  With Chris Iannetta starting the series opener last night, there’s a good chance rookie catcher Carlos Perez may get the chance to face his former organization tonight. Perez was of course called up Monday because he was hitting so well at AAA and the Angels were desperate for some offense from the catching position
  •  Mike Trout, who went deep in his first at-bat last night, has 5 HR, 2 doubles, a triple, and 10 RBI in his last 5 games against the Astros

 

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