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Game No. 98 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Astros look for the sweep with Mike Fiers on the mound.

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Houston Astros (53-44) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (43-54), Jul 24, 2016, 1:10 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports SW
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
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Pitching Matchup

RHP Mike Fiers (6-4, 4.75 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (2-3, 6.59 ERA, 2.09 WHIP)

Preview

The Astros are 10-1 against the Angels, the only loss came in the first game. The Astros have already swept the Angels twice and looking for third with Mike Fiers on the mound.

Fiers hopes to move on from his last start in which he blew up at manager A.J. Hinch when he was pulled out in the fourth inning on the road in Oakland. Fiers hasn't been able to get out of the fourth inning in his last two starts. He hasn't been able to complete five innings in three of his last four starts.

Fiers is making his second start against the Angels this season, he gave up seven runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings on May 27. Fiers is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three career starts against the Angels.

Current Angels are batting .289 (13x45) against Fiers with a .303 BABIP, 6.53 FIP, 19.6 K%, and a 9.8 BB%.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS CAREER STATISTICS VS. MIKE FIERS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Kole Calhoun 9 3 0 0 1 2 0 4 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
C.J. Cron 8 3 0 0 2 4 0 1 0.375 0.375 1.125 1.500
Carlos Perez 7 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.429 0.500 0.571 1.071
Yunel Escobar 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Mike Trout 7 2 1 0 1 4 2 2 0.286 0.444 0.857 1.302
Johnny Giavotella 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
Rafael Ortega 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.500
Cliff Pennington 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Gregorio Petit 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Albert Pujols 7 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0.143 0.250 0.571 0.821
Jefry Marte 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Shane Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Andrelton Simmons 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Tim Lincecum was named the starter for the Angels on Saturday. Lincecum makes his second start against Houston, he gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings on June 28. Lincecum is 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA in three starts in July.

Lincecum is 5-1 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 career starts against the Astros. He is 2-0 with a 0.34 ERA in four starts at Minute Maid Park.

Current Astros are batting .245 (13x53) against Lincecum with a .344 BABIP, 3.20 FIP, 32.8 K%, and a 6.9 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. TIM LINCECUM
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Carlos Gomez 19 4 1 0 1 4 0 7 0.211 0.250 0.421 0.671
Jose Altuve 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.333 0.429 0.333 0.762
Carlos Correa 2 2 1 0 1 3 1 0 1.000 1.000 3.000 4.000
Colby Rasmus 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.200 0.273 0.200 0.473
Jason Castro 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400
Evan Gattis 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
Marwin Gonzalez 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.500 0.500 1.500 2.000
George Springer 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.667 0.000 0.667
Luis Valbuena 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

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