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Game No. 12 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Astros look for series win with Scott Feldman on the mound.

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Houston Astros (5-6) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (5-6), 1:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: Roots Sports SW, MLB.TV (Free game of the Week)
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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Pitching matchup

RHP Scott Feldman (0-2, 6.17 ERA, 1.37) vs. RHP Garrett Richards (13-4, 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)

Preview

The Astros squared up their series with the Angels on the backs of Dallas Keuchel, George Springer, and Robbie Grossman. Keuchel did his thing once again, he has allowed just two earned runs in first 20 IP this season. Springer and Grossman each hit their first home runs of 2015 to propel Houston to the win.

Today, the Astros face the Garrett Richards in his return to the majors, after a break 2014 campaign that ended abruptly with a left patellar tendon injury. The major league club with have the Triple A to benchmark itself off of, Richards made his first rehab start this season against Triple A Fresno. After five innings, the Grizzlies had scored five runs on seven hits and four walks. Outfielder Preston Tucker took Richards deep for a two-run home run. Richards did strike out five in the game.

The University of Oklahoma was 3-1 against the Astros in 2014 with a 2.30 ERA. He struck out 28 Astros and allowed only 23 hits against Houston last season. Richards is 3-0 in his career with a 0.60 ERA at Minute Maid Park, and 4-1 with a 3.61 ERA against the Astros in his career.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. GARRETT RICHARDS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve"]">Jose Altuve 19 6 1 0 0 1 3 2 0.316 0.409 0.368 0.778
Chris Carter"]">Chris Carter 15 6 1 0 1 4 1 4 0.400 0.471 0.667 1.137
Robbie Grossman 7 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.571 0.625 0.571 1.196
Jed Lowrie"]">Jed Lowrie 12 4 2 0 1 4 1 1 0.333 0.385 0.750 1.135
Colby Rasmus"]">Colby Rasmus 9 4 2 0 0 1 0 1 0.444 0.444 0.667 1.111
Jason Castro"]">Jason Castro 16 3 1 0 0 1 0 5 0.188 0.188 0.250 0.438
Marwin Gonzalez"]">Marwin Gonzalez 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.154 0.154 0.154 0.308
Evan Gattis"]">Evan Gattis 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
George Springer 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0.111 0.273 0.111 0.384
Jonathan Villar"]">Jonathan Villar 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667

Scott Feldman needs a bounce back effort after a rough outing against the Athletics, giving up seven runs over five innings on Monday. He started season strong, giving one run over 6.2 innings against the Indians on April 8. Feldman was 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA against the Angels in four start against the Angels last season.

LA ANGELS CAREER STATISTICS VS. SCOTT FELDMAN
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Erick Aybar"]">Erick Aybar 31 14 3 2 0 3 1 2 0.452 0.485 0.677 1.162
Mike Trout"]">Mike Trout 14 5 1 0 2 4 0 1 0.357 0.333 0.857 1.190
Albert Pujols"]">Albert Pujols 14 3 1 0 0 2 0 1 0.214 0.200 0.286 0.486
Kole Calhoun"]">Kole Calhoun 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.222 0.222 0.333 0.556
David Freese"]">David Freese 11 2 0 0 0 4 1 2 0.182 0.250 0.182 0.432
Josh Hamilton"]">Josh Hamilton 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.222 0.222 0.333 0.556
Drew Butera"]">Drew Butera 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Collin Cowgill"]">Collin Cowgill 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Matt Joyce"]">Matt Joyce 8 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0.125 0.200 0.250 0.450
Efren Navarro"]">Efren Navarro 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
C.J. Cron"]">C.J. Cron 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Chris Iannetta"]">Chris Iannetta 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
Daniel Robertson"]">Daniel Robertson 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333

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