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Game No. 154 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels

Can the Astros crush the Angels’ hopes?

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (94-59) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (76-77), Sept. 23, 2017, 12:05 PM CT

TV: Fox
Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV, Fox Sports Go
Angels SBNation Blog: Halos Heaven

Pitching Matchup

RHP Charlie Morton (12-7, 3.75 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .302 BABIP, 3.57 xFIP) vs. RHP Bud Norris (2-5, 4.53 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .312 BABIP, 3.55 xFIP)

Preview

The Houston Astros have pushed the Los Angeles Angels one step closer to the playoff grave on Friday. Now the Astros hope to make the Angels road harder in the Wild Card on Saturday on national television.

Charlie Morton starts for the Astros, he is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts during the month of September. He struck out 24 and walked just five.

Morton is 2-0 with a 3.74 ERA in four career starts against the Angels, he is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts in 2017.

Yunel Escobar is batting .375 (3-for-8) with a home run and three RBIs against Morton. Kole Calhoun is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Albert Pujols is batting .231 (6x26) with two doubles. Mike Trout is 2-for-8 against Morton with a strikeout.

Former Astro Bud Norris starts for the Angles for the second time in 2017. Norris has made 57 appearances out of the bullpen in 2017, he is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA as a reliever. He only pitched two innings in his one previous start in 2017.

Norris is 21-18 with 5.35 ERA in 64 career games (61 starts) at Minute Maid Park. He is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three games in 2017.