The Angels dropped the opener of the series yesterday to the ‘Stros 5-10. Ohtani was still dealing with some soreness coming off of his previous start where he went a career high 117 pitches. Even though he went 3.1 IP, he hit his 44th HR of the year which leads the majors. Today, the team will try to bounce back against Luis Garcia (10-6, 3.29 ERA), a familiar opponent to the Angels.
The Halos have found some success against Garcia in the past and are facing him today for the 5th time this year. Against the Angels this season, Garcia has posted a 4.70 ERA in 4 GP allowing 17 hits and 8 runs. Garcia is noticeably better at home with a 1.83 ERA in 69.0 IP vs a 4.85 ERA in 65.0 IP on the road.
Here’s the lineup that will try to find success against Garcia:
With Adell batting 3rd, along with Marsh, Rengifo, and Wong in the lineup, the younger players are really getting a chance to play and get comfortable as the season winds down and the prospect of making the playoffs slip further away (9.0 GB of 2nd Wild Card spot).
Only one more series with the Astros remains this season with the record between the two teams having Houston currently leading the series 4-9. In their history, the Astros have gotten the better of the Angels with the Halos sporting a 67-95 record against their AL West foes.
The Angels look to Jose Suarez (6-7, 3.74 ERA) to provide depth and keep the Astros, with one of the best offenses in the league, in check. The Astros rank second in runs (741), first in hits (1297), second in RBIs (714), first in OBP (.340), and third in slugging percentage (.441).
This will be the first time this season Suarez has started against the Astros; earlier this year however he did pitch against them. He went 4.0 innings and allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run. Suarez is also coming off of his best outing of the year where he pitched a complete game and allowed just 1 earned run.
Angels News and Notes:
- Pack Naughton will start on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Wednesday and Thursday are both TBD.
- The Angels promoted Sam Bachman, their No.1 pick from this year’s draft, to AA.