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Game No. 72 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels

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Astros look for two in a row against the Halos.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (35-36) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (31-39), June 21, 2016, 7:10 PM CDT

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

Pitching Matchup

RHP Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.89 ERA, 1.49 WHIP) vs. LHP Hector Santago (4-4, 5.30 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)

Preview

If not for Tony Sipp, the Astros would have opened the series against the Angels with a blowout win. But no matter, the Astros at least for the moment appear to have hit their stride. The team has won their last three games with a plethora of hits and solid starting pitching.

Collin McHugh is looking for his fifth quality start in his last seven outings. But McHugh's two non-quality starts have come in June. In McHugh's last start, June 15 against the Cardinals, he allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings.

In his last start, McHugh allowed just one run on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two against the Cardinals on June 15.

McHugh is 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels with 39 strikeouts and 12 walks. McHugh has been slightly better at home with a 3-2 record with a 4.76 ERA in seven starts in 2016.

Current Angels are batting .282 (22x78) against McHugh with a .351 BABIP, 3.36 FIP, 22.6 K%, and a 6.0 BB%.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLLIN MCHUGH
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Kole Calhoun 21 6 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.286 0.286 0.333 0.619
C.J. Cron 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.000 0.200 0.000 0.200
Yunel Escobar 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Johnny Giavotella 9 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.222 0.300 0.333 0.633
Daniel Nava 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
Cliff Pennington 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.667 1.000 1.667
Carlos Perez 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Albert Pujols 17 6 0 0 1 4 3 3 0.353 0.450 0.529 0.979
Andrelton Simmons 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 1.000 1.333
Mike Trout 11 2 1 0 1 2 0 5 0.182 0.250 0.545 0.795

Hector Santago had his best start of 2016 in his last outing, giving up one run on two hits over six innings against the Twins. But Santago has struggled overall, he is 2-2 with a 6.97 ERA in his last seven starts.

Santago is 1-2 with a 4.05 ERA in nine career games (seven starts) against Houston. Current Astros are batting .181 (17x94) against Santago with a 4.11 FIP, .205 BABIP, 18.9 K%, and an 11.7 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. HECTOR SANTIAGO
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 17 4 1 0 0 0 3 2 0.235 0.350 0.294 0.644
Jason Castro 14 4 1 0 0 1 1 4 0.286 0.333 0.357 0.690
Carlos Correa 7 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0.143 0.333 0.571 0.905
Evan Gattis 14 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.214 0.214 0.286 0.500
Carlos Gomez 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.333
Marwin Gonzalez 8 2 0 0 1 1 2 1 0.250 0.400 0.625 1.025
Jake Marisnick 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0.143 0.333 0.143 0.476
Colby Rasmus 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250
Jon Singleton 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
George Springer 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.100 0.250 0.100 0.350
Preston Tucker 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500
Luis Valbuena 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.000 0.143 0.000 0.143
Danny Worth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

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