(Sports Network) - The Houston Astros are the worst team in baseball and hope
to get something going Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series versus the
LA Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros sport a soggy 8-24 record in their first season in the American
League and have lost six in a row and 10 of 11 games. They just lost all four
meetings with the Detroit Tigers to kick off a 10-game homestand and dropped a
9-0 decision in Sunday's series finale.
Tigers ace Justin Verlander struck out nine over seven shutout innings, while
Astros starter Philip Humber was rattled for eight runs and eight hits,
including three homers, in four innings.
"There is a lack of attack of the strike zone, which gets him behind in the
count. When you do that against Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter, Prince Fielder,
these guys are All-Stars for a reason," Astros manager Bo Porter said of
Houston produced only four hits in the loss and struck out 13 times.
The Astros, who will also host Texas for three games, hope Jordan Lyles can
get in the win column when he toes the rubber Tuesday. Lyles will make his
second start of the season and did not record a decision in Thursday's 7-3
loss in 14 innings against the Tigers.
Lyles held Detroit to a pair of runs and six hits in five innings.
"He pitched well enough to win the game. He attacked with his fastball and
that's a credit to him," Porter said.
The Angels just lost three of four matchups with the Baltimore Orioles and are
coming off Sunday's 8-4 loss at the Big A.
Anaheim had a 4-3 advantage heading into the fifth inning, then the Orioles
scored the next five runs to take the lead for good. Jerome Williams absorbed
the loss for allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings and Dane De La Rosa
surrendered three more in relief.
Williams walked three and allowed two homers.
"At times Jerome was perfect, but the walks and home runs hurt him," said
Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We dug ourselves a hole again. We have to start
playing the game to generate wins. We have to pitch better."
Mike Trout homered and scored twice, Alberto Callaspo had two hits, a run
scored and an RBI and Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 with an RBI in defeat.
Taking the mound for the Angels Tuesday will be unbeaten lefty C.J. Wilson.
The southpaw is 3-0 with a decent 4.04 earned run average in six starts and
beat the Athletics with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball in last Wednesday's 5-4
win in Oakland.
Wilson has been able to pitch at least six innings in five of his six starts
and topped Houston in a 4-1 win on April 14, when he permitted one run in six
frames. He is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 career matchups (5 starts) with the
The Angels took two of three from Houston from April 12-14 in Anaheim.
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