Last time these two teams met, the Angels dropped 2 games of that 3 game series. Matt Shoemaker pitched the Angels to their only win of that series when he threw 8.1 innings of 2 run ball and struck out 11 Astros in the process. Fortunately, Shoemaker gets to face the Astros again, though this time in Texas.
Yes, the Angels are coming off back to back series wins, but so too are the Astros who took down the Cardinals in two games and Reds in 2 out of 3. The Astros are still under .500, but are 2.5 games ahead of the Angels who are 13.5 games out of first place.
The Astros pitching staff edges out the Angels in ERA, walks allowed, BAA, and pretty much all other pitching stats -which comes as no surprise to anyone watching Angels games lately. Houston's offense has been pretty bad this year, although they do excel at home runs and stolen bases. The Astros continue to be tops in the league in striking out which is good for high K rate pitchers like Shoemaker and sometimes, Santiago.
Biggest question(s): Is Santiago fixed again or will he blow up in Houston?
Jhoulys Chacin vs. Doug Fister
Monday, June 20th, 2016 @ 5:10PM
Chacin is still around. Will he be when Tropeano comes back in a week or so?
Hector Santiago vs. Collin McHugh
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 5:10PM
Santiago pitched well his last start. Can we have a repeat?
Matt Shoemaker vs. Lance McCullers
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 @ 11:10AM
Shoemaker's recent run has been historic.