Matt Shoemaker (3-8, 4.43 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (32-44) meet Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.70 ERA) and the Houston Astros (39-37) in the first of a three-game division series at Angel Stadium. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 27 and will air on RTSW, FSW and ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Shoemaker pitched 7.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the Astros. Mike Trout (.313, 53 Rs, 16 HRs, 52 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Astros were victorious over the Angels 3-2 the last time McHugh pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking one. Jose Altuve (.347, 54 Rs, 13 HRs, 44 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Astros opened a bigger favorite, but overnight and early morning money has pushed this line down to around -105 on both sides.
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The Angels hold a 15-17 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Astros' record in these matchups is 13-16.
The Angels managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 26-17 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-34. The Astros have an 8-31 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 73 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 97.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 216 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at second with 300.
The Angels are 24-24 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Astros are 35-25 when they hit at least one homer.