Houston Astros (81-73) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (68-86), September 24, 2016, 6:10 PM CT
RHP Brad Peacock (0-0, 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (5-8, 5.29 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
Thanks to a ninth inning by Ken Giles, the Astros' margin for error is now basically zero. It was basically zero before Friday's game but we've now crept into "it isn't going to happen" territory. And who is on the mound for Houston to be the stopper after two horrible losses? Brad Peacock.
It is strange to think at the start of the season that the Astros season would come down to how well Brad Peacock was pitching with Dallas Keuchel sidelined.
But I would be doing a disservice to Peacock if I didn't say he was doing what was necessary over his last two starts. He allowed just three runs over 11 1/3 innings. It may not be Cy Young level work but it is keeping the Astros in games.
Current Angles are batting .258 (8x31) against Peacock with a .276 BABIP, 3.62 FIP, 8.6 K%, and 8.6 BB%.
Jhoulys Chacin counters Peacock. Chacin is on his fourth team since 2014. He is 4-6 with 5.26 ERA in his time with the Angels. He faced Houston on July 23 in relief, allowing one run on three hits over four innings.
Overall, he is 3-6 with a 5.83 ERA in 15 starts this season compared to 1-0 with a 3.77 ERA as a reliever. Current Astros are batting .308 (12x39) against Chacin with a .303 BABIP, 7.53 FIP, 8.5 K%, and 14.9 BB%.
Jose Altuve is 4-for-10 with two doubles and Colby Rasmus is 4-for-6 with a home run in their carrers against Chachin.