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Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros Preview and Predictions 08-25-2019


The Houston Astros continue their march toward the postseason when they try for a three-game sweep of the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Houston (84-47), which has a big lead in the American League West, is tied with the New York Yankees for the best record in the AL and owns the top mark in franchise history after 131 games following Saturday's 5-2 victory that gave it five wins in six games and showcased a pair of hot hitters.

Michael Brantley is riding a 17-game hitting streak during which he is batting .457 with three home runs, 17 RBIs and 10 doubles after belting a two-run shot for the Astros on Saturday and leads baseball with a .337 average. Alex Bregman has reached base safely in 18 straight games after belting a three-run homer - his career-high 32nd - and is batting .403 with five blasts and 24 RBIs during the streak. Los Angeles has lost four straight, falling to 1-5 on its seven-game road trip, and has dropped nine of its last 10 contests at Minute Maid Park. The Astros' Framber Valdez on Sunday faces Los Angeles for the second straight major-league start as he opposes Jaime Barria, who pitches against the Astros for the first time this season.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FS West (Los Angeles), AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Jaime Barria (4-6, 6.35 ERA) vs. Astros LH Framber Valdez (3-6, 5.58)

Barria returned from a brief stint at Triple-A Salt Lake to start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader in Texas, settling for a no-decision after allowing two runs and five hits in five innings of a 3-2 loss. The 23-year-old Panamanian stays in the rotation after Griffin Canning was lost for the season because of elbow inflammation. Barria faced Houston four times as a rookie, going 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA while handling George Springer (1-for-8) and Bregman (2-for-9) but struggling against Jose Altuve (4-for-9).

Valdez has lost four straight major-league starts - the last coming on July 15, when he allowed seven runs - four earned - and four walks in four innings of a 9-6 road loss to the Angels. The 25-year-old Dominican has since been with Triple-A Round Rock, going 4-1 with a 3.82 ERA in five starts before being recalled. Valdez is 2-2 with a 3.15 ERA in four career games (two starts) against Los Angeles.

WALK-OFFS

1. Angels 1B Albert Pujols has hit 59 home runs against Houston - the most by any player, with Hank Aaron ranking second with 46.

2. Houston is a major league-best 48-16 at home and on pace to break the club-best mark of 55-26 set in 1980 and matched in 1998.

3. Los Angeles CF Mike Trout's 42 home runs this season and 282 for his career are second-most in club history, trailing Troy Glaus (47 in 2000) and Tim Salmon (299), respectively.

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Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 43,836

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Last Injuries

Houston Astros

  • Max Stassi

    Oblique
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Stassi has sat out the last five games with a sore oblique, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Rays on Sunday.

  • Carlos Correa

    Back
    Ques Tues | 10-day IL

    Correa is sidelined due to lower-back stiffness and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. It is uncertain if he will return to action Tuesday against the Rangers.

  • Collin McHugh

    Elbow
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    McHugh is on the 10-day injured list due to right elbow discomfort, and he is likely to stay on the shelf until at least the end of September.

  • Brad Peacock

    Shoulder
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Peacock is likely to be on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder soreness until at least the latter part of September.

  • Jose Altuve

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Altuve will not be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Royals as he will likely be given the day to rest.

  • Yuli Gurriel

    Hamstring
    Prob Fri | probable

    Gurriel is tending to a hamstring injury but is expected to suit up for Friday's contest against the Royals.

  • Yuli Gurriel

    Hamstring
    Out Thurs | out

    Gurriel missed his fifth straight game with left hamstring discomfort. He is aiming to return Friday against the Royals.

  • Aaron Sanchez

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Sanchez has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to season-ending right shoulder surgery.

Los Angeles Angels

  • Justin Upton

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Upton is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season due to patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

  • Cam Bedrosian

    Forearm
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Bedrosian has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. It is unknown if he will return Sunday against the Rays.

  • Shohei Ohtani

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Ohtani is projected to miss the remainder of the season due to left knee surgery.

  • Albert Pujols

    Illness
    Prob Sat | probable

    Pujols missed the previous game with an illness, but it is projected that he will return to the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

houston-astros Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Kyle Tucker 13 6 40 7 13 3 0 2 8 22 4 11 0 .325 .550 .357
Michael Brantley 140 135 545 86 175 39 2 21 86 281 3 63 2 .321 .516 .381
Yordan Alvarez 77 74 279 53 88 23 0 25 75 186 0 81 0 .315 .667 .417
Yuli Gurriel 135 134 532 80 161 40 2 28 99 289 4 61 3 .303 .543 .347
Jose Altuve 114 111 460 86 139 25 3 28 67 254 6 77 5 .302 .552 .360
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Will Harris 63 0 168 57 0 42 6 0 14 0 0 0 14 887
Roberto Osuna 60 0 177 64 2 41 8 0 20 0 0 1 11 880
Hector Rondon 58 1 171 45 3 51 8 0 22 0 0 5 19 924
Chris Devenski 57 1 192 69 3 68 13 0 39 0 0 13 20 1077
Ryan Pressly 51 0 151 65 0 36 6 0 15 0 0 2 11 780
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 108 100 3 45 11 6 0 4
Max Stassi 31 26 1 17 3 2 0 2
Garrett Stubbs 16 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
Abraham Toro 20 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
AJ Reed 14 13 0 0 0 1 0 0

los-angeles-angels Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Cesar Puello 12 12 41 6 16 3 0 3 12 28 0 8 0 .390 .683 .500
Michael Hermosillo 7 3 8 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 0 .375 .375 .500
Trevor Cahill 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Tommy La Stella 78 71 283 49 85 7 0 16 44 140 0 27 0 .300 .495 .353
Dustin Garneau 7 5 17 3 5 2 0 1 7 10 0 4 0 .294 .588 .368
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Hansel Robles 66 1 202 67 0 53 5 1 18 0 0 3 15 1079
Ty Buttrey 66 0 199 77 5 63 7 0 31 0 0 6 22 1135
Cam Bedrosian 59 7 184 64 3 48 7 0 30 0 0 3 22 1021
Luis Garcia 59 2 172 51 3 56 12 1 31 0 0 5 31 963
Justin Anderson 49 0 128 58 1 37 6 0 29 0 0 3 29 846
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Kevan Smith 57 43 0 25 5 1 0 0
Jonathan Lucroy 20 12 2 10 3 2 0 1
Dustin Garneau 7 5 0 3 1 1 0 1
Albert Pujols 118 114 0 0 0 5 0 0
Andrelton Simmons 91 87 0 0 0 11 0 0