Having already juggled their rotation to get Jered Weaver ready to start Game 1 of the ALDS the Angels have now shifted things again so that C.J. Wilson will be in line to start Game 2.
That’s not a surprise, as the Angels’ other healthy rotation options are pretty lacking, but Wilson has been a mess for much of the season on the way to posting a 4.61 ERA compared to a 3.37 ERA in his first four years as a starter.
He threw seven shutout, one-hit innings against the Mariners on September 17, but then followed that up by failing to make it out of the first inning Monday against the A’s. Overall in his last 15 starts Wilson has a 6.43 ERA.
They have the best record in baseball at 98-61, but the Angels’ rotation is definitely a question mark heading into the playoffs.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.