MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Angels0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 240
Houston0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 x 550
  W: J. Verlander (4-0)   L: N. Tropeano (1-2)   S: K. Giles (2)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, April 25, 2018
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 29,777

Astros look to bounce back against Angels

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Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros

  1. Over the past two seasons, the Houston Astros have won nine of 12 series against the Los Angeles Angels, their best series winning percentage against a division opponent (.750) over that span. The Angels in 2018 are 8-2 (.800) in divisional games; only the Red Sox are better (11-2, .846).
  2. Houston has allowed just six runs during its current six-game win streak, tied with Cleveland (April 6-11) for the fewest allowed during any six-game span in 2018. No team since 2016 has allowed fewer runs in a six-game span.
  3. The Angels have an MLB-leading 32 home runs in 2018 and a team slugging percentage of .434, fourth-highest in MLB. Their 21 home runs in 2017 against the Astros tied for their most against any opponent (Mariners).
  4. Tyler Skaggs started against the Astros three times in 2017, with each of the three ending in an Angels victory; these were the last three wins the Angels garnered over the Astros. In two road starts in 2018, Skaggs is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
  5. Gerrit Cole is striking out 13.2 batters per nine innings this season, ranking first in the AL and third in the majors. Cole and Patrick Corbin are the only two pitchers in MLB ranked in the top five in K per 9 IP and WHIP.
  6. Mike Trout is leading MLB with nine home runs after homering in each of his last three games. Only one player this season has homered in more than three straight games (Brandon Belt, active four-game streak).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/23/2018 thru 4/25/2018

HOUSTON -- For just the second time this season an Houston Astros starter surrendered more than three earned runs in an appearance, a departure from what has been a dominating run for their rotation.

Right-hander Charlie Morton had allowed just three runs (two earned) over four starts before scuffling through four innings Tuesday in an 8-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. By allowing four runs on five hits and five walks, he joined Lance McCullers as the only starters to allow at least four runs in an outing, a minuscule number considering the Astros have now completed five turns through their vaunted rotation.

The Astros (16-9) entered Tuesday leading the major leagues in starter's ERA at 2.12.

"It's hard to argue that we could get anything better than what we've gotten in the first five rotations through," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I like the camaraderie that they have. They build off of one another's success. They're very competitive internally, which is nice. They help each other, which is nice. Their production and performance have been second to none in the league.

"They're exactly what we need in order to feel good about every day we come out. Our guy is going to match up well to the opponent. We can pitch to a game plan, we have power stuff, we have different styles and whoever we're handing the ball to right now is setting a great tone."

Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (3-0, 1.10 ERA) will start the series finale against Los Angeles. Verlander, 8-8 with a 3.36 ERA over 19 career starts against the Angels, has produced three scoreless appearances this season. That includes his most recent outing last Friday against the Chicago White Sox when he allowed two hits and three walks with five strikeouts over six innings. Verlander extended his regular-season winning streak to 10 consecutive decisions.

In three starts against the Angels last season, Verlander went 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA.

Right-hander Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.75 ERA) will make his third start of the season and second on the road for the Angels on Wednesday. It will mark his first start against Houston since May 29, 2016. Originally selected by the Astros in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, Tropeano has not recorded a decision while posting a 3.86 ERA over two career starts against his former club.

The Angels (16-8) received a welcome boost from shortstop Andrelton Simmons on Tuesday night, with Simmons going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high five RBIs in their 8-7 series-clinching win. It was Simmons' first game back after being hit by a pitch Sunday and departing in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants with a right forearm contusion.

It marked Simmons' fourth career multi-homer game, and the performance reinforced what the Angels knew all along: that Simmons had dodged a debilitating injury and was poised to contribute both in the field and at the plate.

"We knew he was OK," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Coming out of the game when he got hit we knew it was just muscular and he felt a lot better (on Monday). We wanted to give him one more day and today he was good to go."

Updated April 25, 2018

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