MLB on Sling TV: Astros at Angels on ESPN; regional action on Fox Sports Networks

Jun 27, 2016 by Scott Ross

(all times Eastern, starters subject to change)

Houston Astros (McHugh 5-5, 4.70) at Los Angeles Angels (Shoemaker 3-8, 4.43)
10pm ET on ESPN & FOX Sports West

Collin McHugh has made a fairly nice recovery from his disastrous Opening Day start, when he faced seven Yankees, retiring just one of them, while giving up 6 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks and a catcher’s interference, culminating in a 135.00 ERA. Since then, he’s pitched 84 innings over 14 starts with a 4.18 ERA, and 4.16 SO/BB, and though his record is just 5-5, the Astros have been 9-6 in his starts. Considering that his BABIP is up 46 points over his career norm, he has in reality been about as good as in years past, when he finished 4th in RoY balloting, and then 8th in Cy Young voting.

Matt Shoemaker’s renaissance continues: Following a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers, Shoemaker’s ERA was a beefy 8.49, his SO/BB ratio was 1.7, and he was surrendering 2.12 home runs per 9 innings. Since then, he’s made 7 starts, going 51 ⅓ innings with an ERA 2.09, a SO/BB of 15.5, and just .7 home runs per 9. What happened? It appears he adjusted the height of his release point on all of his pitches, bumping up his velocity, and creating greater separation between his fastball and his curveball. And for all his improvements, the Angels have gone just 2-5 in these starts, as they’ve averaged just 2.57 runs. Thanks for nothing, guys.

Watch the Houston Astros vs. the Los Angeles Angels at 10pm ET Monday on ESPN by subscribing to the Best of Live TV package..

And here’s the action from the FOX Sports regional networks across the land…

Texas Rangers (Gonzalez NA) at New York Yankees (Nova 5-5, 5.18) 7:05pm ET on FOX Sports Southwest & YES

Boston Red Sox (Rodriguez 1-2, 6.41) at Tampa Bay Rays (Snell 0-2, 2.40) 7:10pm ET on Fox Sports Sun

Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 11-2, 1.74) at Cincinnati Reds (Straily 4-4, 3.83) 7:10pm ET on FOX Sports Cincinnati

Cleveland Indians (Bauer 5-2, 3.20) at Atlanta Braves (Gant 1-2, 4.45) 7:10pm ET on FOX Sports Southeast & SportsTime Ohio

St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright 6-4, 4.73) at Kansas City Royals (Duffy 2-1, 3.38) 8:15pm ET on FOX Sports Kansas City & FOX Sports Midwest

Philadelphia Phillies (Velasquez 5-2, 3.65) at Arizona Diamondbacks (Ray 4-6, 4.59) 9:40pm ET on FOX Sports Arizona

Watch baseball on FOX and FOX Sports Regional Networks by subscribing to the Best of Live TV Beta Multi-Stream package..

All stats courtesy of ESPN and Baseball Reference

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