|LA ANGELS ( SKAGGS )|
HOUSTON ( MCCULLERS )
|971||LA ANGELS||+135||Ov 9,+100||+140||Ov 9,-105|
|972||HOUSTON||-145||Un 9,-120||-150||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-55||+3.2||41-58||4.4||0.242||0.306||0.395||0.701||4.1||0.248||0.307||0.404||0.711|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6||2-5||2.1||0.186||0.272||0.304||0.576||4.1||0.228||0.279||0.382||0.660|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-22||-12.8||21-18||5.3||0.277||0.344||0.451||0.795||4.7||0.254||0.314||0.417||0.731|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+3||1-6||4.6||0.250||0.310||0.432||0.741||2.3||0.176||0.229||0.276||0.505|
|9/10/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(R)||5-3||W||115||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||8||4||0|
|9/22/2017||RICHARDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)||0-3||L||125||8 ev||U||2||3||0||3||2||0|
|9/23/2017||NORRIS(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||2-6||L||110||8.5 ov||U||5||4||1||8||5||0|
|9/24/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||RICHARDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||NORRIS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|9/10/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||2-10||L||-175||9 ov||O||8||8||1||12||12||0|
|9/12/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||1-0||W||-115||8 ev||U||6||4||0||2||2||0|
|9/13/2017||FIERS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||1-9||L||105||8.5 ov||O||5||2||0||13||6||0|
|9/14/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||5-2||W||-135||9 ev||U||10||6||0||5||6||0|
|9/19/2017||MCHUGH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||3-1||W||-260||9 ov||U||8||4||2||6||9||0|
|9/20/2017||PEACOCK(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||4-3||W||-300||9.5 un||U||9||8||0||4||3||1|
|9/21/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)||1-3||L||-300||9.5 un||U||3||6||0||6||4||0|
|9/22/2017||VERLANDER(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-0||W||-135||8 ev||U||3||2||0||2||3||0|
|9/23/2017||MORTON(R)||LA ANGELS||NORRIS(R)||6-2||W||-120||8.5 ov||U||8||5||0||5||4||1|
|9/24/2017||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|9/25/2017||MCHUGH(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)|| |
|9/27/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|9/29/2017||MORTON(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|LA ANGELS: 2016: 74-88, fourth place
Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season)
Who's new? C Martin Maldonado, 2B Danny Espinosa, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Ben Revere, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Who's gone? C Jett Bandy, C Geovany Soto, C Juan Graterol, OF Gregorio Petit, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Jered Weaver, LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Projected lineup: 3B Yunel Escobar (.304, 5 HR, 39 RBI), RF Kole Calhoun (.271, 18, 75), CF Mike Trout (.315, 29, 100, 30 SB), DH Albert Pujols (.268, 31, 119), 1B C.J. Cron (.278, 16, 69) or Luis Valbuena (.260, 13, 40 in 90 games with Astros), LF Cameron Maybin (.315, 4, 43, 15 SB with Tigers), 2B Danny Espinosa (.209, 24, 72 with Nationals), SS Andrelton Simmons (.281, 4, 44, 10 in 124 games), C Martin Maldonado (.202, 8, 21 with Brewers) or Carlos Perez (.209, 5, 31)
Rotation: RH Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.34 in six starts), RH Matt Shoemaker (9-13, 3.88), LH Tyler Skaggs (3-4, 4.17), RH Ricky Nolasco (8-14, 4.42 with Twins and Angels), RH Jesse Chavez (2-2, 4.43 with Blue Jays and Dodgers) or RH Bud Norris (6-10, 5.10 for Braves and Dodgers)
Key relievers: RH Huston Street (3-2, 6.45, 9/12 SV), RH Cam Bedrosian (2-0, 1.12), RH Andrew Bailey (3-1, 5.36 6/7 SV for Phillies and Angels), RH J.C. Ramirez (2-1, 2.91), LH Jose Alvarez (1-3, 3.45), RH Austin Adams (0-0, 9.82 with Indians), RH Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.30 with Nationals), RH Mike Morin (2-2, 4.37)
Hot spots: First base and fifth starter. Pujols started 23 games at first base last year, and will likely play fewer this year after offseason plantar fascia surgery. For now, Pujols is the primary DH, Cron is the first baseman, and Valbuena will begin the season on the DL with a strained hamstring. One problem: neither Cron (.698 OPS) nor Valbuena (.666) could hit lefties last year. The top candidates for fifth starter are similarly flawed. Chavez and Norris finished last season as relievers. Alex Meyer has six major league starts to his name. The Angels might need all of them at points in 2017.
Outlook: It's hard to be too optimistic about a team that's made one playoff appearance in seven years. Yet it's hard to be too pessimistic considering the hard-luck injuries that decimated the Angels in 2016, particularly on the pitching side. Still, 2017 figures to be a transition year. The back of the rotation is a patch job until Tommy John patients Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano return from rehab. The Angels will gain some financial freedom after the season, when Josh Hamilton finally comes off the books. Any positive momentum in the meantime would make Anaheim a more attractive destination for free agents. Getting back above .500 would be a realistic step in that direction; anything beyond that is a bonus
|HOUSTON: 2016: 84-78, third place
Manager: A.J. Hinch (third season)
Who's new? RF Josh Reddick, CF Carlos Beltran, LF Nori Aoki, C Brian McCann, RHP Charlie Morton
Who's gone? C Jason Castro, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Doug Fister
Projected lineup: CF George Springer (.261, 29 HR, 82 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (.338, 24, 96, 30 SB), SS Carlos Correa (.274, 20, 96, 13 SB), DH Carlos Beltran (.295, 29, 93 with Yankees and Rangers), C Brian McCann (.242, 20, 58 with Yankees) or Evan Gattis (.251, 32, 72), 3B Alex Bregman (.264, 8, 34 in 49 games), RF Josh Reddick (.281, 10, 37 with A's and Dodgers), 1B Yulieski Gurriel (.262, 3, 15), LF Nori Aoki (.283, 4, 28 with Mariners)
Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (9-12, 4.55 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34), RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48), RH Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.22), RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.15 in four games with Phillies)
Key relievers: RH Ken Giles (2-5, 4.11, 15/20 SV), RH Luke Gregerson (4-3, 3.28, 15/21 SV), RH Will Harris (1-2, 2.25, 12/15 SV), RH Chris Devenski (4-4, 2.16), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.95), RH Michael Feliz (8-1, 4.43)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and catcher. Hamstring issues limited 33-year-old Morton to four starts with the Phillies last season. That didn't stop the Astros from signing him to a two-year contract worth at least $14 million. Now, veteran Fiers and 24-year-old Joe Musgrove are on the bubble for the fifth starter's job. McCann and Gattis give the Astros a pair of veteran catchers with slugging potential. McCann has fewer weaknesses behind the plate; Gattis is the better all-around hitter. With Beltran aboard as the primary designated hitter, McCann and Gattis won't both be in the lineup on most nights.
Outlook: After slipping to third place in the AL West last year, the Astros' front office decided to double down on dingers rather than upgrade a rotation that lacks a true ace. The result: A lineup with eight potential 20-home run hitters, including possible MVP candidates in Altuve and Correa. Everyone returns from an impressive young bullpen with high strikeout potential. If the Astros are in contention by the trade deadline, the front office should have the financial flexibility to add a front-line starter. Then again, if Dallas Keuchel looks like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in 2015, Houston might not have a problem.
|Angels look to get much-needed win vs. Astros|
HOUSTON -- When the Los Angeles Angels bolstered their lineup with the additions of left fielder Justin Upton and second baseman Brandon Phillips at the waiver trade deadline, the acquisitions were deemed impactful enough that the club could present itself as postseason contenders.
Instead, the Angels (76-78) have regressed during the stretch run, and head into Sunday's series finale against the Houston Astros on a six-game losing streak.
With Saturday's 6-2 loss, the Angels fell to 7-13 in September. They have managed only two runs over the last three games and, despite tweaks to the starting lineup and Upton doing his part to help carry the offense with six home runs and 12 RBIs in 20 games, the Angels are spinning their wheels losing ground in the chase for the second American League wild card and postseason contention.
With eight games left on the schedule the Angels are four games behind the Minnesota Twins and just about out of time. A loss to the on Sunday would result in a second consecutive sweep and all but certain elimination.
"We can't go 2-0 tomorrow. We've got one game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We've got to slice it down pitch to pitch with that focus. Certainly, there's some moves you're going to make from a tactical standpoint, maybe a pitcher is not pitching now as deep in games as he may have in April or May. You're certainly going to match up more in your bullpen. So, those are things that we've been doing for the last month."
The Angels will turn to left-hander Tyler Skaggs (2-6, 4.30 ERA) to help keep their postseason hopes afloat. In six career starts against the Astros (95-59), Skaggs is 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA including two starts against Houston this season where he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA over 12 innings.
Skaggs missed 85 games on the disabled list with a right oblique muscle strain.
All-Star right-hander Lance McCullers (7-3, 3.97 ERA) will make just his second start for the Astros since July 30 in the series finale.
McCullers has battled a number of ailments this season, first serving two stints on the disabled list with back woes before being sidelined since his last start on Sept. 6 with arm fatigue. McCullers, 0-1 with an 8.24 ERA over four starts in the second half, is 3-1 with a 1.55 ERA over eight career starts against the Angels.
With outfielder Jake Marisnick lost for the season with a broken right thumb, the Astros have been working with center fielder Cameron Maybin to tweak his swing mechanics. Maybin, acquired at the same deadline as Upton and Phillips, opened his Astros' career with a flourish, belting three home runs and producing seven RBIs over his first six games with the ball club.
Maybin has slumped badly since.
After going 0-for-4 on Saturday, Maybin is batting .037 (1-for-27) with one RBI and six strikeouts and no walks over nine games (six starts).
"Lately he's gotten a little bit mechanical and caught in between with some of his hitting mechanics," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Getting him some regular at-bats will be nice for him because he's just one click away from getting back to being productive. I like what I've seen from him even though he's had a tough week."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2017 8:24:27 AM EST|