The Los Angeles Angels continue powering their way toward their first AL West title in five years and it seems inevitable that they'll wrap it up during this 10-game homestand.
While Jered Weaver chases an AL-best 17th victory, the Angels will try to move a step closer while securing their first 10-game win streak in 12 years Saturday night against the Houston Astros.Since enduring a two-game sweep in Houston to begin this month, Los Angeles (92-55) has batted .328 and scored 81 runs in its nine consecutive wins. The Angels have scored at least seven runs in each of their last eight -- matching a franchise record from 1979 -- after opening the homestand with an 11-3 rout Friday.Kole Calhoun went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in his team's seventh consecutive home win over Houston, while Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick each provided two hits and two RBIs.Kendrick is 20 for 40 with 13 RBIs in the past nine games and helped reduce his team's magic number in the AL West to five on Friday, while Trout tied injured Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead with 105 RBIs."We're just playing good baseball," Calhoun said. "Confidence is huge, and it just seems like we're all playing together. There's never a panic mode. It's been fun coming to the yard every day."The Angels are also four games ahead of Baltimore for the best record in the AL, and Weaver (16-8, 3.58) will try to help pad that advantage while moving past Detroit's Max Scherzer for the AL wins lead.While Weaver has benefited from one of the best run support averages in the majors at 5.77, he's aided his own cause lately, posting a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts. He gave up three runs in six innings in a 12-3 win in Cleveland on Monday.Weaver, winner in nine of his last 11 decisions, is 8-3 with a 2.38 ERA in his last 14 home starts. He recorded his lone complete game this season May 21 against Houston in Anaheim, tossing a two-hitter in a 2-1 victory.He gave up two runs in six innings at Minute Maid Park on Sept. 3, but took the loss in a 4-1 defeat.The Angels have won 15 of 17 with the losses coming in Houston from Sept. 2-3. The Astros (65-82) had won eight of 10 before Friday's game.Los Angeles will try to earn another victory over Houston while securing its first 10-game overall win streak since Aug. 29-Sept. 8, 2002, and an eighth consecutive at home.Scott Feldman (8-10, 3.99) is next up to try slowing the Angels' steamroller. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his past four starts and registered his second career shutout Aug. 30 against Texas, tossing a three-hitter in a 2-0 victory.Feldman yielded one run in his first eight innings this past Saturday in Oakland but was charged with two after leaving in the ninth in a 4-3 loss. Chad Qualls allowed a two-run double and the game-ending single."I feel great, and I feel like I'm throwing well," Feldman told MLB's official website. "I have three starts left, and I want to finish strong."Feldman is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts against the Angels this season. He gave up two runs in six innings in his latest matchup July 5, an 11-5 loss in Anaheim.Feldman was 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA in his previous four road starts against Los Angeles.Kendrick is 11 for 25 in his career against Feldman and 3 for 7 this season. Erick Aybar, batting .394 in his last 27 games, is 13 for 28 lifetime versus the right-hander and 3 for 7 this season.