Houston Astros vs LA Angels: Injury Reports, Predicted Lineups – April 9th, 2022

The Houston Astros continue their four-game series with the LA Angels on Saturday at 9:07 pm EST in Angels Stadium. The matchup will feature two pitchers who, when healthy, feature wipeout stuff. Each, however, had his 2021 season truncated due to Tommy John Surgery.

The Astros will send former American League Most Valuable Player and two-time Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander to the hill as he makes his first start since 2019. The Angels will counter with their own fireballer, free-agent signing Noah Syndergaard will look to rewrite his own legacy after making just one appearance in 2021.

Miami Marlins v New York Mets
Player Name Status Reason
Jake Meyers Day-to-Day Shoulder Injury
Taylor Jones Day-to-Day Back Injury
Forrest Whitley Day-to-Day Elbow Injury

The team expects to be without pitcher Jake Meyers until May as he rehabs his shoulder injury.

Angels Injury Report

Like their American League West counterparts, the Angels also have the majority of their roster after missing Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon for the majority of last year.

Player Name Status Reason
Taylor Ward Out Unspecified Injury
Brennon Lund Day-to-Day Unspecified Injury
Griffin Canning Out Back Injury

Mike Trout returned from an illness yesterday to garner one hit and one walk on Opening Day.

Houston Astros vs LA Angels Predicted Batting Orders

Houston Astros

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Citing the need for a change of scenery, Syndergaard departed the New York Mets for the West Coast. While Syndergaard has been plagued by injuries for the majority of his career, his flashes of dominance are captivating to baseball fans from all corners of the globe. The Angels have been searching for an answer to their rotation woes for the last decade, and if Syndergaard can recapture the potential he showed in New York for a full season, the team may have found themselves a golden ticket.

Baseball is better when Syndergaard and Verlander are healthy and pitching in their primes. Even non-Astros and non-Angels fans will be watching the matchup with interest, hoping that these pitchers can find their mojo in their return to the game.


Edited by Jason Birkelbach

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