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Astros set to host Angels for weekend series

HOUSTON -- The standard of expectation is so high for the Houston Astros, reigning World Series champions and possessors of the second-best record in baseball, that any unusually poor performance subsequently demands a lengthy explanation from all the involved parties.

On Wednesday, the Astros (95-67) closed their season series against the Seattle Mariners with a thud, suffering a 9-0 loss that matched their largest defeat by margin on the season. Houston suffered a pair of nine-run setbacks in the span of six days in late July and are a robust 35-8 in blowouts (games decided by five or more runs) this season. Yet, with a postseason berth nearly clinched and the hard-charging Oakland Athletics in dogged pursuit for the American League West title and the No. 2 seed in the playoff picture, the timing of the performance troubled.

"September baseball," said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, whose club is 13-4 this month. "I know that's kind of a thing this year where everybody is using a lot of pitchers. It's a lot easier to do it in September. It's a challenge. It's no different than when you run into a spot starter, you run into a game where they can utilize their whole bullpen depending on their schedule."

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Leaders
AVG: M. Trout.317
HR: M. Trout36
RBI: J. Upton84
SB: M. Trout24
W: J. Barria10
ERA: A. Heaney3.97
Saves: B. Parker14
K: A. Heaney165
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .245 (19)
Runs: 684 (14)
Hits: 1269 (19)
Home Runs: 201 (6)
Stolen Bases: 82 (11)
OBP: .315 (18)
SLG: .414 (11)
Total Bases: 2151 (13)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.10 (18)
Runs Allowed: 674 (18)
Saves: 32 (27)
Strikeouts: 1302 (15)
OpBA: .249 (17)
OBP: .323 (20)
SLG: .416 (17)
Run Support: 4.54 (13)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/18 S. Johnson Purchased From Minors
9/18 T. Skaggs Removed From 10-Day DL (Left adductor strain)
9/18 N. Tropeano Transferred to 60-Day DL (Right shoulder inflammation)
9/11 P. Bridwell Called Up from Minors
9/7 N. Fontana Cleared Waivers and Became a Free Agent
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/8 S. Ohtani Right thigh contusion (day-to-day)
9/1 J. Upton Concussion (day-to-day)
8/29 A. Pujols Left knee surgery - out for season (on 60-day DL)
8/19 J. Upton off 10-day DL
8/15 H. Robles off 10-day DL
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