Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros – 7-29-15 – MLB
Two AL West division contenders lock horns on Wednesday Night Baseball as the Houston Astros meet the LA Angels. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their selected rosters.
The Houston Astros had enjoyed first place in the AL West for much of the early part of the season. They hit a slump and an LA Angels hot streak catapulted Los Angeles to first place in the division at the All Star break. They began a three game series on Tuesday night with Houston crushing the Angels 10-5 to draw just one game in the loss column behind LA for the lead in the division.
With the loss the Angels have dropped three of their past four games. The pitching has gone south as the team has given up 24 runs over their past three games. On the offensive side the Angels have been getting lots of home runs of late and they are now 6th best in baseball with 113 on the season.
Houston is the top home run hitting team in baseball with 138 on the year. They are fourth best in run production (4.43 per game) despite being 25th in baseball in team batting average (.244). With their victory over the Angels on Tuesday the Astros now have won seven of their past ten since returning from the All Star break.
LA Angels CF: Mike Trout leads the Angels everyday hitters with a batting average of .315 with 31 homers and 64 RBIs. He is coming off a four game hitting game on Sunday against Texas. He is expected to play on Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday’s game. For the month of July Trout is batting .361 with 11 homers.
LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar has been hot for the month of July with a hitting average of .351. He has 11 RBIs for the month.
LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun has been another Angel who has been hot for the month of July as he is hitting .325 with six homers and 20 RBIs. Calhoun for the year has a hitting average of .275 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs.
LA Angels 2B: Johnny Giavotella has been hot of late with a .346 batting average over the past seven days. He carries a seven game hit streak into Wednesday’s game. After a very slow start to the season Giavotella is batting .267 with three homers and 36 RBIs.
LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols has hits in nine of his past ten games with four of the games being multiple hit games. He has moved his average up to .260 with 29 homers and 63 RBIs.
LA Angels P: Garrett Richards is 10-7 on the year with an ERA of 3.25 and WHIP of 1.18. He has pitched well over his past two starts by allowing three earned runs throwing a total of 17 innings and giving up just six hits.
Houston Astros 2B: Jose Altuve leads the Astros with a batting average of .305 with nine homers and 48 RBIs. He is having a good July by hitting .333. He is coming off a three hit game in the opener with the Angels on Tuesday.
Houston Astros DH: Evan Gattis is putting up good power numbers for the Astros with a hitting average of .246 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs. He has four multiple hit games over his past ten games.
Houston Astros 1B: Luis Valbuena leads Houston with 19 homers on the year. He has driven in 40 RBIs but hits only .197 this season. Valbuena is 0 for his past 16.
Houston Astros LF: Colby Rasmus is going through a slump for the month of July with a batting average of .186. His average has fallen to .237 on the year with 13 homers and 35 RBIs.
Houston Astros P: Lance McCullers is 4-3 on the year with an ERA of 2.60 and WHIP of 1.15. He has held seven of his past ten opponents to two earned runs or less in his starts.
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