*The Angels are 50-50. 25-25 at home and 25-25 on the road. They're perfectly mediocre.
*Just for gits and shiggles, if the Astros go 30-30 to finish up the season (/eyes roll out of head), Seattle would have to go 38-24 to pass them for the division lead. If the Astros go 35-25, Seattle would have to go 43-19. And so on.
*The seven runs the Angels scored in the 7th are the 2nd-most allowed in an inning by the Astros this season. Houston allowed four home runs for the fourth time in 2018. When Astros pitchers allow 3+ home runs they're 2-10.
*The 14 runs allowed are a season-high. The nine-run loss is the highest margin of loss of the season and the biggest margin since September 9, 2017, an 11-1 loss at Oakland. The Astros haven't allowed 14 runs in a game since July 29, 2016.
*Man Lance got lit up: 4.1IP, 6H/5ER, 3K:5BB, WP. McCullers has allowed 52ER this season. 26 of those came in four starts, including yesterday. The other 26 came in the other 16 starts. In his last two starts, McCullers has thrown 8.1IP, 10H:11ER, 4K:10BB. That's, uh, not ideal. His last two starts have recorded a 26 and a 29 Game Score. He's the first Astros pitcher to walk 5+ batters in consecutive starts since Erik Bedard did it in 2013. McCullers:
When you get put behind pretty much because of my inability to execute pitches and big swings of the bat, it puts us in a tough spot early. It put me in a tough spot early, and from that point I was kind of grinding and wasn't going to be able to get in a groove. I was kind of in survival mode.
*Will Harris and Chris Devenski combined to face ten batters and got three of them out, allowing 6H/7ER, 1K:2BB. Devenski allowed two home runs. Pretty impressive considering that Devenski had allowed 18 home runs in his previous 227.2IP. He had previously never given two home runs in an outing.
*Never change, Luis Valbuena. You bat-flipped a pop out:
Come for the weird base running mistake by Kinsler, stay for the bat flip from Luis Valbuena on a harmless liner. 😂#Astros #Angels pic.twitter.com/OA6QBxznAi— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) July 22, 2018
*POSITION PLAYER PITCHING ALERT: J.D. Davis got the 8th and allowed a solo home run to Former Ramgers Great Ian Kinsler. He struck out catcher Jose Briceno, who maybe needs to go back to the drawing board. It's the 1st time this season a position player has pitched for the Astros. Davis is the 17th different pitcher for Houston this season.
*The Angels' eight walks are not a season-high. Get this: On May 12 Anaheim drew 12 walks, got seven hits, only GIDP'd once, and lost 5-3. Trash-ass team. Thank God Jerry Dipoto can do to the Mariners what he did to the Angels.
*Kole Freaking Calhoun went 2x3 with two walks. It was the first time this season he had reached base four times in a game, and he raised his OPS 26 points yesterday, from .552 to .578. That's the most shameful thing about this game. I hate Kole Calhoun. Mainly because of how his parents spelled his name. Idiots.
*The Angels' Last Remaining Healthy Starting Pitcher Andrew Heaney, vs Houston, 2018:
14IP, 8H/2ER, 14K:3BB.
*Houston went 2x8 w/RISP. They were 6x28 w/RISP this series, a series in which they won.
*Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel (2-4 in the lineup) went 2x15.
*Bregman does have a 25-game on-base streak, though.
*Tim Federowicz went 1x4 and the Astros lost their first game in which T-Fed got a hit (4-1).
*Josh Reddick got emotional at the opening of Josh Reddick Stadium.
*One of Ralph Bowden's sources says that the Astros are "all-in" on Zach Britton.
*Buies Creek's Chuckie Robinson (21st Round - 2016) went 2x4 with a grand slam and a 3-run home run, finishing the day with seven RBI in a 10-7 win over the Rangers' Carolina League affiliate.
*The Mariners won 8-2 yesterday, giving them a +1 run differential for a 60-40 team. They have the lowest run differential of any team to win 60 of their first 100 games.
*Check this Buster Olney column on Tony Clark and the need for a different strategy for the MLBPA.
*Former Royals star Billy Butler is straight up dominating the Idaho Falls Rec Softball League.