Houston Astros (17-37) at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (25-29), 9:05 pm (CT)

Doug Pensinger

Castro and the Astros hope to keep their momentum as they face the Halos.

Houston at Los Angeles of Anaheim , 9:05 PM CT

TV: CSN Houston
Radio: KBME 790 AM
Angels SBNation Blog: Halo Haven

Pitching Match

LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 5.53 ERA / 1.72 WHIP) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (2-1 / 3.86 ERA / 1.43 WHIP)

Preview

Let the good times roll. The Astros took three of four against the Rockies. Heading into Anaheim, with a 3-3 record against the Angels this season. Since last facing the Astros, the Angels appear to have righted the ship - winners 10 of their last 12. It will be interesting to see what this young Astros team will do with a little momentum at their back against the high-powered Halos.

On the mound of the Astros is the left-hander out of Arkansas, Dallas Keuchel. At the moment, Keuchel is pitching just like a "guy". In his four starts this year, he has an ERA of 5.92 and opponents are batting .316 against him those starts. Keuchel isn't missing enough bats at the moment; his hits allowed in each start have risen with each game. Two things are working his favor; he is keeping it close unlike Bedard/Humber and a high GO/AO ratio (2.19) keeps the ball in the ballpark. Howie Kendrick touched Keuchel up for a solo home in his only appearance against Los Angeles this season.

Tommy Hanson is making his first start since May 4, after coming of the bereavement list as he mourned the loss of his stepbrother. In his only start in May, Hanson pitched five innings and allowed three runs to the Orioles. Bud Norris outdueled Hanson in his one match with Houston in 2013, 5-0. Pena, Maxwell, and Ankiel accounted for four extra-base hits of Hanson. Ankiel's replacement, J.D. Martinez, has found his stride - batting .379 with six RBIs over the past seven games. During that same time period, Jason Castros is batting .588 with two homeruns and four RBIs.


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