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7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, September 26, 2019
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 39,658

Astros prepping for playoffs ahead of Angels

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According to STATS

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Astros and Angels meet for four games in Anaheim, with Houston holding an 11-4 advantage in the season series. The Astros are averaging 7.47 runs against the Angels this year, and have plated at least 10 runs six times, tied for their most double-digit scoring efforts in a single season against a single opponent after also having six such games against the Pirates in 2000.
  2. The Angels have allowed 110 earned runs to the Astros this season, one shy of the most in a season against any opponent in franchise history. They permitted 111 to the Rangers in 2012.
  3. Alex Bregman has a 30-game on-base streak against L.A. -- the longest active on-base streak against the Angels -- while Yuli Gurriel has a 17-game hitting streak vs. L.A. -- also the longest active hitting streak against the Angels. Gurriel is batting .448 with eight homers, 23 RBI and 19 runs during his hitting streak.
  4. Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are up to 604 strikeouts, becoming just the third pitching duo since 1920 to surpass the 600-strikeout mark. The other two duos are Randy Johnson and Curt Shilling, combining for 665 strikeouts in 2001 and 650 Ks in 2002, and Nolan Ryan and Bill Singer for the 1973 Angels with 624.
  5. Kole Calhoun is batting .321 and slugging .547 with 10 runs in 14 games against the Astros this season. He is hitting .225 and slugging .466 in his other 134 games.
  6. Jaime Barria was tagged for six runs in 2 2/3 innings in a 6-4 loss at Houston last Friday, extending the Angels' losing streak in his starts to eight. This is the Angels' longest losing streak in an individual pitcher's starts since losing 10 straight Ricky Nolasco starts in 2017, which is tied for the longest in franchise history along with John Farrell in 1993.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/26/2019 thru 9/29/2019

Several of the Houston Astros' frontline players will not be in the lineup Thursday when the club begins a regular season-ending, four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

The Astros have long since clinched the American League West and are preparing for the playoffs, so George Springer, Yuri Gurriel and Jose Altuve are expected to get a day off to rest.

Likewise, Carlos Correa will not be in the lineup, but his absence is related to a sore back that kept him out of action both Tuesday and Wednesday in games against the Seattle Mariners.

Correa missed 25 games with a back issue from Aug. 20-Sept. 16, and also was slowed by back issues the second half of last season. But this time, Correa said the problem is not as serious, his back tightening up on the flight from Houston to Seattle last Friday.

"I'm taking it day by day," Correa said. "Obviously, the playoffs is the main focus right now. I don't want to force the issue at all, especially these last (four) games. So we're playing it smart and shooting for the playoffs. That's when I'll be able to perform for the team."

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said his concern is more than just getting Correa healthy; it's also making sure the time off doesn't make him rusty.

"There's certain timing and rhythm and playing he needs to do to make us all feel better," Hinch said. "He played very well when he was active a couple of days ago. He's very, very good. I know he'll be able to respond. I think anybody in my seat will feel better when he's on the field and playing.

"It's disappointing for him and it's disappointing for us. We'll go day to day. We have a few days left to try to figure this out."

Left-hander Wade Miley, who will start on the mound for Houston, has had a good season but sometimes gets overlooked being in a rotation with Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Miley is 14-6 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts.

Miley's start will be his fifth against the Angels this season. He was the winning pitcher in the first three, but lost in his most recent start against them last Friday, getting knocked out of the game after just one inning and giving up four runs.

Jaime Barria, who will start for the Angels, is 4-10 with a 6.43 ERA in 18 games (12 starts), and has struggled in particular late in the season. Barria is 1-8 with a 7.16 ERA since the All-Star break.

His most recent start last Thursday came against the Astros in Houston, and he was hammered for four home runs, including three in the first inning. Angels manager Brad Ausmus wants to make sure Barria, 23, benefits from the experience he's gotten this year but is not negatively affected by his recent struggles.

"I really just wanted his focus to be forward," Ausmus said. "I didn't want him to concern himself with what had already happened because you can't do anything about it."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2019

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