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
Brett Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.73 ERA)
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.
Hector Santiago (4-4, 2.77 ERA)
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.
- 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.
- CF-George Springer – .284
- SS-Carlos Correa – .304
- 3B-Jose Altuve – .287
- DH-Evan Gattis – .232
- LF-Colby Rasmus – .254
- 1B-Chris Carter – .204
- RF-Domingo Santana – .200
- 3B-Marwin Gonzalez – .229
- C-Jason Castro – .225