MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 440
LA Angels0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 030
  W: J. Urquidy (2-1)   L: P. Sandoval (0-4)
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 27, 2019
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 41,763

Astros warming up for playoffs vs. Angels

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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

The Houston Astros announced that shortstop Carlos Correa not only will miss Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, he'll also miss the games through the weekend because of a sore back.

While the club is hoping that Correa will be able to play once the Astros begin the playoffs on Oct. 4, they have plenty of other offensive threats they can rely on if Correa is not able to play.

Outfielder George Springer, who likely will return to the lineup Friday after taking off most of Thursday (he entered the game in the eighth inning) to rest, is one such threat.

Springer has 38 home runs and 94 RBIs, and he's done it in just 119 games, having dealt with a variety of injuries this season. The most serious was a strained hamstring that cost him 27 games in June and July. Springer hit three homers against the Angels on Sunday.

"He can change the game from the first swing of the game," Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said. "I know I didn't like facing him when he was leading off. Obviously, he was the World Series MVP for a reason, and when it comes down to it, we have a lot of guys who are pretty special. I don't know if there's anybody else in the planet you'd like to have in a big situation than George."

Right-hander Jose Urquidy, 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in eight games (six starts), will make the start for Houston. He has faced the Angels twice this season, including a start on July 7, when he gave up five runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. In a relief appearance on Sept. 21, he gave up one run and four hits in three innings.

Patrick Sandoval, who is 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA in nine games (eight starts), will start for Los Angeles. Sandoval has faced Houston once this season, and it came in his last start Sept. 21. In three innings, he gave up three runs on two walks and two hits, including a home run to Yordan Alvarez.

Though several of the Angels' front-line players -- Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani -- are finished for the season, 39-year-old Albert Pujols, who played first base on Thursday, is expected in Friday's lineup as well, likely as the designated hitter.

Pujols has played in 128 games, has 23 homers, 22 doubles and 93 RBIs, adding to his Hall of Fame career numbers.

"He's been our most consistent hitter the last 40-something games," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's had a really nice season, quite frankly. Not only does he drive in runs, he's a very smart hitter.

"Knock on wood, he's stayed healthy. The knees have been good. He gets in the weight room. He's really diligent about the maintenance work for his legs. His whole body, but his legs in particular. He's had some rest days for the knees to get a break. But the credit is all his. It's really been the maintenance and the performance."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2019

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