Houston Astros (44-19) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (32-33), June 11, 2017, 1:10 p.m. CT
RHP David Paulino (0-0, 4.66 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) vs. RHP Jesse Chavez (5-6, 4.56 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)
The Houston Astros are in a tough stretch when it comes to starting pitching. Thankfully the Astros are facing a team that regularly has pitch problems, the LA Angels.
The Astros will again lean on David Paulino for a start after Joe Musgrove was pushed back again. It will be Paulino's third start of the season. He previous started on May 31 against the Twins and June 6 against the Royals. He allowed five earned runs over 9 2/3 innings, striking out 12 and walking two. He threw 89 pitches in both starts.
There are a lot of positives to take away from Paulino’s starts but if Paulino hopes to remain in the rotation he’ll need to get through six innings. He needed to help an overtaxed bullpen.
Paulino has pitched three scoreless innings against the Angels in 2016 in his only career appearance against the Angels.
Jesse Chavez has been pretty constantly average-to-below average for the Angels this season. He was 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA in April and 2-2 with a 4.84 ERA in May. The Astros will have to take an advantage of Chavez for at least 3-4 runs to be on track.
Chavez is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts against the Astros in 2017. He has struck out nine and walked four in 13 1/3 innings.