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Game #47 Preview: Houston Astros (17-29) vs. Los Angeles Angels (25-20)

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Astros hope to win third straight series, facing Angels with Mike Trout out of the lineup.

Otto Greule Jr

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, May 21, 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 Collin McHugh (2-2, 3.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (4-3, 3.14 ERA, 1.10 WHIP)

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Jered Weaver may not electric stuff anymore, but he still has the knowledge and skill to outpitch any batter in the majors. He has given up just four earned runs over his last 21.1 innings of work. He has 17 strikeouts and six walks during that stretch. He is coming off a tough-luck loss against Tampa Bay where he gave up two runs over seven innings.
Jason Castro, Matt Dominguez, Jesus Guzman, and Alex Presley each have a home run in their careers in six at-bats or less. Jose Altuve is 2-for-6 in his career against Weaver.
Collin McHugh continues to show he deserves to be in the majors since his call up to replace Scott Feldman while on the disabled list. He gave up four runs against against the White Sox in his last outing, striking out seven and walking three. If not for a fastball down the middle to Adam Dunn, McHugh may have been able out of the inning.
McHugh has a quality start in three of his five starts, and this will be the first time the active Angels' roster faces him.

The Astros have been given a gift tonight, Mike Trout is out of the lineup with tightness in his hamstrings. He played 157 games, and it's not a stretch to think he will do the same again. Trout had been struggling, he is hitting .185 (12-65) in the month of May.

David Freese returned from his DL stint with a bang, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs last night. Surprising enough, he the only batter that has previously faced tonight's Astros starter Collin McHugh. He is 1-for-4 with a strike out.

Tonight's Angels starter, Jered Weaver, is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two career starts against the Astros. Both of those starts have come at Houston, he has a 3.24 ERA at home this season.

If the Astros are able to secure the win tonight, this would be this first time they had won three straight  series in a row since early September 2010.