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Trout likely to return for Angels' finale vs. Astros

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Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Astros are 42-20 against the Angels since 2016, including 4-1 this season. When the teams last met on July 7, Houston batters got 19 hits in an 11-10 win and reached base 28 times, the most by the Astros in a game since April 9, 2013.
  2. In their first home game since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Angels honored their late teammate by throwing a combined no-hitter against the Mariners on July 12. The last combined no-hitter to take place in California was on July 13, 1991 -- the same day Skaggs was born.
  3. Houston starters lead the majors with 605 strikeouts this season but have also surrendered the second-most home runs with 98. The Astros are 8-13 when their starter allows multiple home runs in a game and 51-22 in games when their starter allows one or zero home runs.
  4. Jose Altuve has a .411 batting average against left-handed pitching, the highest mark in the majors among hitters with at least 50 plate appearances against lefties. His slugging percentage of .821 and OPS of 1.264 against left-handers rank second among qualified batters.
  5. Mike Trout is slashing .414/.486/1.310 in his last eight games with eight home runs and 18 RBI. He joins Don Baylor in 1979 as the only Angels to have at least eight homers and 18 runs driven in during an eight-game span.
  6. Yuli Gurriel has a July slugging percentage of 1.053, compared to just .450 in June. That difference of .603 is biggest improvement in the majors from June to July this season. Mike Trout's improvement of .547 (.641 to 1.188) is the second-largest such improvement.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/15/2019 thru 7/18/2019

Mike Trout expects to return to the lineup when the Los Angeles Angels face the Houston Astros on Thursday night in Anaheim, Calif.

Trout has missed the first three games of the four-game series due to a right calf strain. He left the Angels' Sunday game against the Seattle Mariners after two innings and hasn't played since.

"I feel good. Just being cautious," Trout said Wednesday before the Angels fell 11-2 to the Astros. "I should be fine to play (Thursday)."

Trout took batting practice for the third straight day but has yet to test the injury while running.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus was more cautious regarding the two-time American League MVP's status.

"We're going to get him evaluated again when the doctors get in here (Thursday), and hopefully he'll be able to go full bore," Ausmus said. "But I can't swear to that."

Ausmus said Trout's injury dates back to July 7.

"He said he first felt it on the Sunday before the All-Star break when we were playing in Houston, during that long back-and-forth game," Ausmus said. "The next day, he felt fine. He went to Cleveland in the All-Star Game, didn't really do much. Felt it a little I think in (batting practice) on Tuesday. Nothing alarming. Just noticed it. It reappeared, I guess, when we started playing games again."

Ausmus will return after serving a one-game suspension related to Angels reliever Noe Ramirez hitting Houston's Jake Marisnick with a pitch in Tuesday's game.

The pitch apparently was in retaliation for Marisnick running over Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on the day prior to the All-Star break. Ramirez was suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount but is appealing.

"Not overly happy about it," Ausmus said. "I thought it was unnecessary, but (I) respect it and I'll serve (the suspension Wednesday). And Noe will appeal and we'll see what that process brings. I thought it was a little bit steep. But again, you still have the appeal process to go through, so hopefully that changes things."

Astros manager AJ Hinch, who was upset that Ramirez wasn't ejected from Tuesday's game, said he wasn't surprised by the suspensions.

"I expected (MLB) to step in and do something, but my reaction is really that it should be over and settled and done with," Hinch said.

The Astros snapped the Angels' five-game winning streak since the break with their blowout victory Wednesday. Michael Brantley hit the 100th home run of the major league career, George Springer added a three-run shot, and Gerrit Cole struck out 11 in seven innings of one-run ball.

The Astros are scheduled to start veteran left-hander Wade Miley (7-4, 3.32 ERA) in the series finale. Miley is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four career starts against the Angels, including a 14-2 victory in Anaheim on May 4, when he allowed two runs on six hits in six innings.

The Angels are set to counter with right-hander Matt Harvey (3-4, 6.88 ERA), who allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings Saturday against Seattle. That was his first start since May 23, after which he went on the injured list due to an upper back strain.

Harvey is 0-2 with a 16.20 ERA in two career starts against the Astros. He lost 10-4 to Houston on May 5 in Anaheim, when he allowed five runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 18, 2019

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