Angels at Astros Preview
The Houston Astros own the longest winning streak in the American League at six straight games and tied the best 23-game start in franchise history, but they’re just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. The Astros will host the Angels on Monday in the opener of a three-game division showdown.
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Houston is outscoring opponents 47-6 over the last six games and bashed the Chicago White Sox 27-2 in a three-game sweep over the weekend. The Astros can pound the ball with any team offensively but are thriving behind a pitching staff that owns the best ERA in the majors at 2.22 and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of the last seven contests. The Angels started hot with wins in 13 of their first 16 but dropped five of six on the just-completed homestand, capped by a 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Los Angeles, which totaled 10 runs in its last six contests, could have more trouble getting the bats going against surging Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole, who opposes Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FS West (Los Angeles), AT&T SportsNet Southwest-plus (Houston)
Angels LH Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98 ERA) vs. Astros RH Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96)
Skaggs surrendered a total of three runs in his first three starts but was ripped for six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings by the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday to suffer his first loss. The 26-year-old did not allow a home run in any of his first three turns but served up a grand slam on Wednesday. Skaggs made three of his 16 starts in 2017 against Houston and went 1-0 with a 4.24 ERA while striking out 11 in 17 innings.
Cole went seven innings in each of his first four starts with his new team and allowed a total of three earned runs. The former No. 1 overall draft pick posted double-digit strikeouts in each of the first three before punching out five at Seattle in a win on Wednesday. Cole, who spent the first five seasons of his career in the National League with the Pittsburgh Pirates, is seeing Los Angeles for the first time since 2016.
1. Angels SS Andrelton Simmons left Sunday’s game after being hit by a pitch in the arm and is day-to-day.
2. Astros SS Carlos Correa is 13-for-24 with seven RBIs over the last seven games.
3. Los Angeles DH Shohei Ohtani hit cleanup on Sunday for the first time this season and went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.