Scioscia’s Office: Astros @ Angels – 6/22/15 7:05pm Pacific

Astros at Angels

Houston Astros (41-30, 1st AL West) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (35-35, 3rd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 76F, Wind SSW 8mph, 0% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup:

Brett Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.73 ERA)

Brett Oberholtzer delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 6, 2015 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Brett Oberholtzer delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 6, 2015 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

While Oberholtzer has had his season interrupted by a couple of trips to the disabled list already, he has pitched quite effectively when healthy. It took him until June 6 to make his 3rd start of the season, and in his first 3 starts he went 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA. In his two starts since then however, he is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA. His last start was Wednesday in Colorado, where he held the Rockies to 3 runs on 8 hits over 6 1/3 innings to notch his 2nd victory of the season.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (4-4, 2.77 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2015 (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2015 (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

After posting a brilliand 2.18 ERA over his first 10 starts of the season, Santiago has begun to come back to Earth a bit over his previous 4 outings (3 starts, 1 relief appearance). Over his last 4 outings he’s posted a 4.66 ERA and take 3 no-decisions and a loss. The loss came in his last outing Wednesday in Arizona, where he held the D’Backs to just 3 runs on 7 hits, but exited after just 5 innings having thrown 100 pitches. The Angels went on to lose that game 3-2.

Game Notes:

  • Santiago is 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA (13 runs over 22 innings) in six career games, four starts, against the Astros.
  • Oberholtzer entered the season 9-18 overall, but he’s 2-1 so far, and 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in night games.
  • The Astros’ Jose Altuve entered Sunday’s games tied for third in the Majors with 17 steals.

Starting Lineups:

Houston:

  1. CF-George Springer – .284
  2. SS-Carlos Correa – .304
  3. 3B-Jose Altuve – .287
  4. DH-Evan Gattis – .232
  5. LF-Colby Rasmus – .254
  6. 1B-Chris Carter – .204
  7. RF-Domingo Santana – .200
  8. 3B-Marwin Gonzalez – .229
  9. C-Jason Castro – .225

Angels:

  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .276
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .264
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .304
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .271
  5. 3B-David Freese – .236
  6. SS-Erick Aybar – .250
  7. C-Chris Iannetta – .178
  8. DH-Alfredo Marte – .250
  9. LF-Daniel Robertson – .200

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