It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Los Angeles Angels, but as the calendar turns to the final month of teh season, there's lots to look forward to. With Albert Pujols now out for the year and the team 2-8 in its last 10 games, attention is turning toward the future. Several blossoming assets like Taylor Ward (pictured above) and David Fletcher are gaining valuable experience running the infield and a bevy of options are flooding the pitcher's mound. Heading into Houston to take on the defending World Champs, the Halos (64-69) are on the hunt for development and playing spoiler to a team now in a heated battle for a divisional title, just a few games up on the Oakland Athletics.
USA TODAY SportsRichard Mackson
Angels vs. Astros: The Schedule
Thursday, August 30: FOX Sports West, 4:30p.
Friday, August 31: FOX Sports West, 4:30p.
Saturday, September 1: FOX Sports West, 3:30p.
Sunday, September 2: ESPN, 5:00p.
Note: All times on FOX Sports West games reflect the start of #AngelsLive
Saturday, September 1: TBA (Angels) vs. TBA (Astros)
Sunday, September 2: TBA (Angels) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (Astros)
For more info on the probable pitchers, click here.
USA TODAY SportsGary A. Vasquez
Angels vs. Astros: The One to Watch
While the Angels have been stumbling in the latter part of the summer, Shohei Ohtani has not. In August, ShoTime is hitting .327 with six homers and 18 RBI, including five in his last four games. With Pujols out of the DH rotation and a pair of rightys taking the mound for the Astros, Ohtani will have ample opportunities to take advantage of the sprawling Minute Maid Park outfield. Couple those offensive numbers with the daily progress updates of his return to the mound and Ohtani is a clear choice as the one to watch.