After a four-game stretch of late rallies that forgave fruitless early at-bats and mediocre pitching, the Astros navigated frequent trouble and hustled for a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
The Angels haven’t scored a run since last week. In the 20 innings they’ve batted since Saturday’s seventh inning in Kansas City, they have generated only seven singles. In their last 46 innings, they have mustered two extra-base hits. And, accordingly, in their last six games, the Angels don’t have a victory.
Early-season rankings may take awhile to stabilize, but lets enjoy just how far this organization has come and bask in the glory of being at the top of the heap, at least for one week.
From a lineup standpoint, a couple of changes came out of the Oakland series, as Carlos Correa was out of the lineup Monday with a hand contusion and A.J. Hinch tweaked the starting pitching rotation after Sunday’s rainout.
Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco will oppose Astros righty Joe Musgrove on Tuesday in the second of 19 games between the American League West rivals this season.
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Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the most up-in-the-air division, an inside-the-park homer, and the Cubs hitting six losses already.
The Toronto Blue Jays are 2-10. That’s not good. Let’s see if they’ve already lost their shot at the postseason.
Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge homered to support Jordan Montgomery's first Major League win and run the Yankees' winning streak to eight games in a 7-4 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
"It's as good as I've ever seen anybody be at baseball for a two-week period," said Ryan Braun, but he was not reminiscing about hitting alongside an in-his-prime Prince Fielder. Braun was talking about the Brewers' new slugging first baseman, Eric Thames.