Page’s Weekly LA Angels Predictions: Week Three
Monday April 17, Angels @ Astros
Probables: Jesse Chavez vs. Charlie Morton
The Angels kick off their third week of the season trying to end their five-game losing streak. They will face right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton, who is hoping to pick up his first win of the season on Monday. In two starts this season, Morton has thrown two quality starts. He allowed two earned runs on five hits over six innings to start the season. He struck out four while walking two batters and gave up a home run. In his second start he allowed three runs over five innings. He gave up seven hits and another two walks while striking out four (one intentionally). This has given him a 4.09 ERA on the season.
The Angels send Jesse Chavez to the mound in hopes of picking up their first win in a week. In his last start, he allowed five earned runs in 4.1 innings. Chavez lacked control and placement of his pitches, resulting in two home runs and two walks. He was solid in his first start, so there is hope for Chavez and the Angels. He has been rather successful against current Astros throughout his career. However, superstar second baseman Jose Altuve owns a career .350 average against Chavez. He could cause problems for the 33-year old.
However, the Angels will be desperate for a win, and could pounce on Morton early.
Prediction: Angels 5 Astros 3