Can the Angels Slow Down the Astros?

Updated: May 5, 2017

Two April award winners will face off against each other in Friday’s contest. Pitcher of the Month, Astros’ Dallas Keuchel will go up against Player of the Month, Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout on Friday. They open a three-game series in Anaheim, as the Halos look to slow down the red-hot Astros.

Keuchel will get his first start of May and will face off against Angels’ starter Jesse Chavez. This season Chavez is 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA in six games (five starts) with 26 strikeouts in 30 innings of work. The Angels will need their bats to come alive, but at least one man shouldn’t have a problem with that as Trout is on fire.

He just finished with the best month of his five-year career. This season Trout is hitting .364 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs. He’s not the only one putting up video game numbers, as Keuchel has been untouchable this season.

This season Keuchel is 5-0 with a 1.21 ERA in six starts with 36 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched. That includes a win over the Halos where Keuchel went seven innings and allowed just one earned run. According to Richard Dean, Keuchel had this to say about his impressive start to 2017.

“Last start was probably the best my slider has felt,” said Keuchel, who last Sunday against Oakland, struck out nine and allowed only three hits over 7 2/3 innings. “I had a lot of quality pitches and a lot of bad swings with it. That tells me one thing. That it’s pretty sharp and guys can’t differentiate. The fastball and fastball movement right now is probably the best it’s ever been.”

It won’t be easy for the Halos, but they need to win this series to gain some ground on the AL West leading Astros. Earlier this season Houston won three of four games in Minute Maid Park. The Angels look to change that trend tonight against Keuchel.

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