Wednesday, June 22, 2016

McCullers, Shoemaker meet up at Minute Maid Park

In the Wednesday afternoon finale of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park, the Astros and Angels take the field with starting pitchers coming off solid showings in losing efforts.
The Astros will look to push past .500 for the first time with a win Wednesday.
Lance McCullers (3-2, 4.24) takes the mound for Houston after allowing only two runs in a 4-2 loss to the Reds, while Matt Shoemaker (3-7, 4.50) makes his 14th start of the year for Los Angeles. In his last start, Shoemaker allowed only one earned run and struck out seven as the Angels lost to Oakland, 3-2.
Shoemaker has been on quite a run recently. In his last six starts, the right-hander has struck out 55 batters and issued only two walks with a 1.83 ERA. He threw seven scoreless innings the last time he pitched in Minute Maid Park (in 2015).
That said, the Astros have had the Angels' number at home recently. Entering Tuesday's game, the Astros had won 12 of their last 18 games against the Angels at home. Entering that Tuesday game, the Astros had also won 10 of their last 12 home games.
Things to know about this game
• Albert Pujols was out of the game Tuesday because of a left hamstring injury he sustained while beating out a double play against Oakland Sunday. Mike Scioscia called Tuesday a "recharge day," but wouldn't say if Pujols would return to the lineup Wednesday.
• Colby Rasmus is likely to return to the lineup Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday's game. He went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Monday and is hitting .364 during the Astros' homestand.
• Regardless of Wednesday's outcome, these teams won't have to wait long to see each other again. The Astros and Angels meet in Anaheim for another three-game series next week (starting Monday, June 27).

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