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The Houston Astros Begin a Three Game Mid-Week Series Tonight Against the LA Angels

The Houston Astros are looking to get back on track as they have now dropped two straight game following their season best seven game winnings streak.  Those two losses came in the final two games of their weekend series against Baltimore.  They currently sit in last place in the AL West with their 24-34 record.

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Houston will send Collin McHugh to the mound opposite LA’s starter C.J. Wilson who is 6-4 on the year with a 3.05 ERA.  McHugh went seven innings against the Astros’ AL West foe May 21, allowing two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts against two walks.  But he didn’t get the win.  No, that went to Angel’s starter Jered Weaver, who held the Astros to one run in a complete-game effort.

Another thing to watch for in this ball game is the debut of Houston’s young first baseman Jon Singleton who they just signed to a five year 10 million contract extension even though he has yet to play on the major league level.  He spent the entire season at Triple-A Oklahoma City and hit .267 with 37 runs, 10 doubles, 14 homers and 43 RBI’s in 54 games.  He will join an Astros lineup that has been injected with life thanks to the arrival in April of rookie George Springer, who is hitting .259 with 10 homers and 29 RBI’s in 41 games, including a stretch from May 21-29 when he hit seven home runs in a seven-game span.  He batted .390 with seven homers and 17 RBI’s during an 11-game hitting streak from May 17-29.

“I think Singleton is going to be a force in the lineup,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “He’s a different type of player than Springer.  The two of them have played together in the past and when they’re both in the same lineup, you get a left-right, 1-2 punch that’s pretty powerful.  I think those two players will be part of our lineup for many, many years to come.”

First pitch for the opening game of this series is set for tonight at 7:10pm from Minute Maid Park in Houston and you can hear all the action right here on Sports Radio 1340 the FAN.

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