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Game No. 51 Preview: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels

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Astros go for back-to-back series victories with Fister on the mound.

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Houston Astros (21-29) at Los Angeles Angels (22-27), May 29, 2016, 2:35 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports Southwest
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Los Angeles Angels SB Nation Blog: Halos Heaven

Pitching Matchup

RHP Doug Fister (4-3, 4.12 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. RHP Nick Tropeano (3-2, 2.86 ERA, 1.47 WHIP)

Preview

Dallas Keuchel looks liked Dallas Keuchel, and the Astros split the first two games against the Angels. Things are again looking up for the Astros, especially with Doug Fister on the mound.

Fister has been the Astros' best start in May. He is 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in five May starts. Fister missed his seventh straight quality start in his last outing after being pulled with out left in the sixth inning against the Orioles -- he allowed two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings in that start.

Fister is 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA in nine career starts against the Angels. He is 0-2 with a 4.34 ERA in three starts at Angel Stadium. Current Angels are batting .194 (12x62) against Fister with a .239 BABIP, 2.77 FIP, 23.9 K%, and a 6.0 BB%.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS CAREER STATISTICS VS. DOUG FISTER
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Daniel Nava 12 5 3 0 0 2 2 1 0.417 0.500 0.667 1.167
Mike Trout 10 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.400 0.400 0.500 0.900
Yunel Escobar 10 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.300 0.364 0.300 0.664
Andrelton Simmons 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Geovany Soto 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500
Craig Gentry 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Cliff Pennington 21 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 0.048 0.091 0.095 0.186
Albert Pujols 8 1 0 0 1 1 2 4 0.125 0.300 0.500 0.800
Johnny Giavotella 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Former Astros prospect Nick Tropeano had an up and down 2015 season and started the 2016 season in Triple A. He hasn't looked back since then. Tropeano has pitched his way into a regular rotation spot in 2016. He was 1-0 with a 2.11 ERA in four April starts.

Current Astros are batting .214 (3x14) against Tropeano with a .273 BABIP, 1.33 FIP, 21.4 K%, and a 0.0 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. NICK TROPEANO
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
George Springer 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Max Stassi 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Luis Valbuena 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Carlos Correa 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Evan Gattis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Colby Rasmus 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Preston Tucker 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500

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