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GameThread for Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels, May 20, 2014 9:05 PM CDT

Join in the conversation as the Astros play the middle game in a series with the Angels.

Greg Fiume

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, May 20, 2014 9:05 PM CDT

TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Angels SBNation Blog: Halos Heaven

Pitching Matchup

RHP Scott Feldman (2-1, 2.63 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Skaggs (3-1, 4.53 ERA)

King Keuchel, Kid Keuchel, whatever you call him, has vaulted the Astros into a three-game winning streak with his tremendous effort Monday night. Scott Feldman hopes to match that effort against Tyler Skaggs.

Series Preview Quote

The Astros made Tyler Skaggs look like the rebirth of Cy Young in his first major league start in Houston on April 5. He pitched 8.1 innings - giving one unearned run on four hits, walking one, and striking out five. He has been workhorse since, pitching through the seven in five of his eight previous starts. He is coming of one of his poorest outing, giving up five runs over six inning against Tampa Bay on May 15.

Jesus Guzman is 1-for-8 with a home run and two walks off Skaggs. Jose Altuve is 1-for-2 with a walk. Chris Carter, Matt Dominguez are hitless in their careers against the lefty.

Scott Feldman hasn't been as perfect as he was before his forearm strain, but he has been good enough to give the Astros a chance to win games. He has given up six runs in 11 innings since coming back from the disabled list. He was the winner in the Astros' lone victory against Angels in their first encounter - pitching seven innings one-run baseball on April 6.

Erick Aybar (10-22, 2 2B, 2 3B), Raul Ibanez (5-17, 2B, HR), and Howie Kendrick (9-20, 2B, HR) have long successful track records against Feldman. Mike Trout is 1-for-6 in his career against Feldman. Brennan Boesch,Kole Calhoun, Collin Cowgill, and Albert Pujols are hitless against the Astros' number one.


Today's Lineups


Jose Altuve - 2B

Erick Aybar - SS

George Springer - RF

Mike Trout - DH

Dexter Fowler - CF

Albert Pujols - 1B

Jason Castro - DH

Raul Ibanez - LF

Matt Dominguez - 3B

Howie Kendrick - 2B

Chris Carter - 1B

David Freese - 3B

Jesus Guzman - LF

Hank Conger - C

Carlos Corporan - C

Collin Cowgill - CF

Jonathan Villar - SS

Efren Navarro - RF
Scott Feldman - RHP Tyler Skaggs - LHP