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Game No. 62 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Hello old friend? Are you ready for another beat down?

Houston Astros v Kansas City Royals Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Houston Astros (43-18) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (31-32), June 9, 2017, 7:10 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 Brad Peacock (3-0, 2.30 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-3, 4.12 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)

Preview

Let us check the American League standings. The Astros are at 43-18. Then looking down....

The Angels and Mariners are tied for second place 13 games back of Houston. The Astros can extend their AL West lead with at three-game series with the Halos over the weekend.

The Astros will send out Brad Peacock to continue his uncharacteristic meteoric rise back to the Houston starting pitching rotation. Peacock is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 15 innings.

Currently, Peacock has a pitch value of 6.0 for fastball and 3.3 for his slider in 2017 -- career highs for both. Peacock is 3-1 with a 4.54 ERA in eight career games (five starts) against the Angels.

Matt Shoemaker faces the Astros for the third time, he is 0-2 and he has allowed seven runs over 11 1/3 innings. Jose Altuve (.385) and Alex Bregman (.500) have hit Shoemaker well, while Nori Aoki (.091), Carlos Correa (.167) and Evan Gattis (.167) haven't.