MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 470
LA Angels2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 272
  W: R. Pressly (1-0)   L: R. Iglesias (1-1)
1:07 PM PT2:07 PM MT3:07 PM CT4:07 PM ET16:07 ET20:07 GMT4:07 1:07 PM MST3:07 PM EST3:37 PM VEN0:07 UAE (+1)2:07 PM CT, April 6, 2021
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 11,122

Jared Walsh, Angels look to earn split with Astros

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Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Astros won five straight season series with the Angels from 2015-19, but Los Angeles won six of 10 meetings last season, including each of the last five. The Angels averaged 6.70 runs per game against Houston last season, their most in the series since the Astros joined the American League in 2013.
  2. Houston is the fourth team in the modern era to score at least eight runs in each of its first four games of a season, and the first since the 2003 Yankees. The last time a team scored 8+ runs in each of its first five games was in 1890, when both the Buffalo Bisons and New York Giants did so.
  3. The Angels are over .500 through four games for only the second time in the last 13 seasons (2018, also 3-1). Sunday's 7-4 win over the White Sox was the Angels' fifth walkoff win since the start of last season, tied for second most in MLB behind Oakland's six.
  4. Jose Quintana will be making his Angels debut after pitching for the two Chicago teams for the first nine seasons of his career. Quintana is 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in seven career starts against Houston.
  5. Alex Bregman has had two hits in each of his three games this season. Only four Astros have had four straight multi-hit games to start a season, most recently Willy Taveras in 2005.
  6. Jared Walsh recorded his first career multi-homer game and his first career walkoff homer in Sunday's win over the White Sox. Since the start of September 2020, Walsh's 11 home runs and 76 total bases both lead the AL.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/5/2021 thru 4/6/2021

The Los Angeles Angels will host the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon to finish up a two-game series, boasting 2-3-4 hitters in Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon.

One hitter who may be overlooked by some, but certainly not by the Angels, is No. 5 hitter Jared Walsh. Walsh essentially is taking over the first base job from Albert Pujols, even though the future Hall of Famer got starts in the first two games of the season.

Walsh, a left-handed hitter, gave the Angels a glimpse of what could be late last season, when he was as hot as any hitter in baseball. In 22 games in September, Walsh hit .337 with a 1.113 OPS, nine homers and 26 RBIs.

Picking up where he left off from last year was Walsh's primary goal heading into the season.

"It was definitely one of the more locked-in times I've ever felt, so hopefully I'll be able to recreate (that) again this summer," Walsh said. "I just try not to get too high or too low. I've had times where I've struggled and thought, 'Is this it? Am I done?' And times where I've had good ABs and felt like Ted Williams. So I just want to stay in the middle because baseball is humbling."

Walsh got off to a good start, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs in his first start on Saturday. Then Sunday, he homered twice, including hitting a walk-off, three-run homer. He went 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI Monday against Houston.

"I talked to the hitting coaches often this offseason, and it was just about understanding what I did and what adjustments I made to get some pitches that I hadn't prior," Walsh said. "I watched a lot of video. So I feel like I'm in a pretty good place right now and I'm excited."

Right-hander Dylan Bundy will make his second start of the season for Los Angeles, getting a no-decision in the Angels' 4-3 Opening Day victory over the White Sox. Bundy pitched well, giving up three runs in six innings, striking out six and walking one.

Bundy is 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA in seven career games (six starts) against the Astros. Houston's Zack Greinke also will be making his second start after pitching on Opening Day and shutting out the Oakland A's over six innings in an 8-1 win.

Greinke is 6-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 16 career games (15 starts) vs. the Angels.

He was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017 when the Astros won the World Series, so he wasn't a part of the sign-stealing scandal. Still, he heard boos in Oakland last week and expects to hear more Tuesday in Anaheim.

"Got to hear some boos, finally," Greinke said. "That wasn't fun to listen to, I didn't think, but we played good, so it didn't matter. Hopefully we'll keep playing good, and it won't be as big of an issue."

The Astros hope left fielder Michael Brantley is able to return to the lineup after being out since getting hit by a pitch on his right wrist on Saturday.

"He's a lot better than he was (Sunday)," Baker said. "When he's coming back, it just depends on his body and how he heals. We dodged a major bullet by him having no fractures or broken wrists or anything like that. I'm sure his bone is bruised, and whenever you have a bone bruise, different people heal at different time intervals. We've just got to wait and see on a daily basis without rushing him back."

Brantley started the season hot, getting six hits in his first nine at-bats, including a home run.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 6, 2021

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