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Game #61 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Astros fans have one eye on the draft and one eye on tonight's rubber match with the Angels.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (31-27) vs. Houston Astros(25-35)

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

Pitching Matchup

RHP Brad Peacock (1-4, 4.76 ERA, 1.59 WHIP) vs. LHP Tyler Skaggs (4-3, 4.14 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)


It's going to be a tough night to be an Astro fans, but a fun night for sure. Most of you will have MLB Network on watching the draft, and flipping back to the Astros game if your lucky enough to have Comcast. If you are able to watch the game, you'll see Brad Peacock on the mound for the Astros. The Astros have won the last two starts he has made, and he 'beat out' his direct competition Brett Oberholtzer for the final spot of the rotation last week. Over his last 12.2 innings he has given up just three earned runs, 11 hits, four walks, and collected 13 strikeouts.

In his career, Peacock has a record of 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA in three appearances (one start) against the Angels. This season he faced the Halos in a relief appearance on April 7, allowing four earned runs on five hits and two walks over three innings.

The young Tyler Skaggs opposes Peacock tonight. There is no easy way to say this, Skaggs has owned the Astros this season. He has given up two earned runs over 15 innings of work. The Astros have managed nine hits and two walks in the two previous games this season. These two games have been by far Skaggs' best games of the season. Before his most recent starts against the Astros he struggled giving up 13 earned runs over his 16.2 innings of work. But, the Astros were there to help him right the ship with seven inning of one run baseball and six strikeouts.

The Angels and Skaggs have picked up a loss in the last two starts he has made - allowing nine runs (six earned) over 13 innings. Skaggs set a season-high with five walks against the A's in his most recent start in Oakland on May 31.

Jon Singleton, top prospect or not, is still a rookie. He showing his rookie side, batting 1-for-7 with four strikeouts thus far in his young career. Not to mention the two errors he has already. His fellow rookie George Springer is struggling in this series as well - he is 0-for-6 with two walks and four strikeouts. At least there is still Jose Altuve, who comes into the game with a four-game hitting streak.

Mike Trout returns to the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with a sore back. A back that has been dogging him the past two series. This be the thriteen game in his career that he has played at desgintated hitter.

Astros Careers against Skaggs

  • Jose Altuve - 2-5
  • Chris Carter - 0-6
  • Jason Castro - 2-3
  • Matt Dominguez - 0-5
  • Jesus Guzman - 1-11, 1 HR
  • Jonathan Villar - 1-7

Angels Careers against Peacock

  • Hank Conger - 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR
  • Josh Hamilton - 1-5
  • Raul Ibanez - 3-9, 1 2B
  • Albert Pujols 2-3, 2 2B
  • Mike Trout - 1-5