The Angels have a better record than only two teams in the American League. One of them is Chicago White Sox. The other? You guessed it. The Houston Astros. While this is the "easiest" series left on the schedule, it can't be taken that way because the Angels have had enormous trouble against the Space City's team. Mike Trout continues to make a push in another MVP-candidate season; however, if that makes you happy, don't read this.
So here we are, a special edition of the Series Preview. Since it's my birthday, I'm just going to pair up a starting pitcher with someone that they share their birthday (baseball or other). Why not have a little fun on this Friday!
August 16 7:05pm - FOX Sports West, Comcast Sportsnet Houston
Brad Peacock (1-4, 6.43 ERA / Last: ND, 1 ER, 6.0 IP)
#43 / Pitcher / Houston Astros
Feb 02, 1988 -- JASON VARGAS, Scott Erickson. Other: Farrah Fawcett
Jerome Williams (5-8, 4.85 ERA / Last: ND, 4 ER, 5.2 IP)
#57 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Angels
Dec 04, 1981 -- Carlos Gomez, Harvey Kuenn. Other: Tyra Banks, Jay-Z, Jeff Bridges
August 17 6:05pm - FOX Sports West, Comcast Sportsnet Houston, MLB.TV FREE GAME OF THE DAY
Dallas Keuchel (5-7, 4.97 ERA / Last: L, 5 ER, 8.2 IP)
#60 / Pitcher / Houston Astros
Jan 01, 1988 -- Hank Greenberg, LaMarr Hoyt. Other: J.D. Salinger
Garrett Richards (3-5, 4.04 ERA / Last: L, 2 ER, 8.0 IP)
#43 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Angels
May 27, 1988 -- Frank Thomas, Jeff Bagwell. Other: Adam Carolla
August 18 6:05pm - FOX Sports West, Comcast Sportsnet Houston
Brett Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.57 ERA / Last: L, 2 ER, 6.2 IP)
#65 / Pitcher / Houston Astros
Jul 01, 1989 -- Nelson Cruz, Chris Perez. Other: Forrest Griffin
Jason Vargas (6-5, 3.86 ERA / Last: L, 4 ER, 4.1 IP)
#60 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Angels
Feb 02, 1983 -- BRAD PEACOCK. Other: Dog "The Bounty Hunter" Chapman
Personally, I share my birthday with Yu Darvish, James Cameron, and Frank & Kathy Lee Gifford... Happy birthday (19) to myself and everyone have an excellent weekend.