Justin Verlander v. Nick Tropeano
Bregman aiming for Angels with fine All-Star form
The Houston Astros left D.C feeling good about themselves heading into the second half of the season, after their third baseman Alex Bregman won the All-Star game MVP and played a crucial part in the AL 8-6 win over the NL.
Bregman seized the top of the 10th inning with a home run that will prove to be the straw that broke NL backs. The 24-year Albuquerque native is hitting very close to his career average and his total regular season average of .288, with 20 home runs and 64 RBIs, and he’ll be looking to carry that form into the first game of the second half as they look to make angels cry at the Angel stadium.
Behind the inevitable Yankees and Red Sox, the Houston Astros (64-35) have the third-best winning percentage in the majors, and will look to be front-runners in that category as well. Their 32-14 away record should be an eye opener for the Angels.
Justin Verlander (9-5, 2.29 ERA) will be the man to open hostilities against the Angels.
Los Angeles may sit fourth in the AL West, but that is misleading as to the kind of team they are, because that is one of the most competitive divisions in the majors, if they were in the AL Central, they’d be pressing the Indians for first place.
Injuries have been the bane of the Angels this season, and have taken away what could have been a strong outsider story, especially in the case of the always exciting Shohei Ohtani. Inconsistency has also been company the Angels can’t separate themselves from, going 5-5 in their last 10 with alternating wins and losses.
Nick Tropeano (3-4, 4.83 ERA) will pitch against Verlander and the Astros will do well to not overlook Tropeano. He has been solid when he starts, not giving up much by way of runs.
Angel’s sensation Shohei Ohtani is back on a pitching program after his horrible injury. That will be very welcome news for the fans and neutrals alike.
A betting man with some mojo will go against the odds and bet on the Angels for this one, though the Astros look like they can strike the first blow in Los Angeles.