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Game No. 63 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Can the Astros get a good starting pitching outing in back-to-back games?

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Houston Astros (43-19) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (32-32), June 9, 2017, 3:10 p.m. CT

TV: ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
Angels SBNation Blog: Halos Heaven

Pitching Matchup

RHP Mike Fiers (3-2, 4.84 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-6, 5.05 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

Preview

Houston Astros starting pitcher Mike Fiers at one point led the majors with 18 home runs allowed.

Not anymore.

Fiers has found his form, winning his past two starts without allowing a home run. He has allowed four earned runs over those 11 innings.

Fiers has already had five strong innings against the Angels on May, he allowed three runs on four hits over five innings. He gave up two home runs during that game, Yunel Escobar had both of them.

Fiers is 2-2 with a 5.30 ERA in six career starts against the Angels. Albert Pujols (2 HR in 15 AB) and Escobar (.400, 2 HR) have had success against Fiers. Andrelton Simmons (5 strikeouts) and C.J. Cron (3-for-11, 2K) have struggled against Fiers.

Fiers will start Saturday against the Angels at Minute Maid Park opposite Ricky Nolasco.

Nolasco haves the Astros for the second time in 2017, he allowed two runs over six innings on April 8. He gave up two home runs and eight hits in total. Nolasco is 7-1with a 3.75 ERA in 10 (nine starts) career games against the Astros.

Carlos Beltran has 54 at-bats against Nolasco, he is hitting .352 with a home run. Brain McCann is batting .338 with eight home runs in 71 at-bats against Nolasco.