Houston visits Los Angeles, looks to build on Greinke’s solid performance
Anaheim, California; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Houston heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Zack Greinke. Greinke pitched 8 1/3 innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits with nine strikeouts against Seattle.
The Angels are 29-43 against teams from the AL West. Los Angeles hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .323 this season, led by Mike Trout with a mark of .427.
The Astros have gone 53-19 against division opponents. Houston’s team on-base percentage of .350 leads the American League. Alex Bregman leads the lineup with an OBP of .419. The Astros won the last meeting 13-5. Justin Verlander earned his 20th victory and George Springer went 3-for-5 with three home runs and four RBIs for Houston. Jose Rodriguez took his first loss for Los Angeles.
Bregman leads the Astros with 79 extra base hits and is batting .298. Springer is 6-for-32 with four home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Angels: 4-6, .245 batting average, 5.44 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
Astros: 9-1, .259 batting average, 2.30 ERA, outscored opponents by 33 runs
Angels Injuries: Felix Pena: (knee), Griffin Canning: (elbow), Cam Bedrosian: (forearm), Justin Upton: (knee), Mike Trout: (foot), Luis Rengifo: (hand), Tommy La Stella: (tibia), Zack Cozart: (shoulder), Shohei Ohtani: (knee), Max Stassi: (hip).