At the midpoint of the regular season, the records of the Angels (38-43) and Astros (30-51) would suggest a disappointing first half for both clubs.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia, however, has been pleased with the Halos' recent play. And Astros skipper Bo Porter doesn't worry about Houston's win/loss mark, anyway.
"I never looked at this season and thought about number of wins or number of losses," Porter said. "More so, I came into the season with the thought process that I want to be able to leave this season and look around the diamond and have players establish themselves as Major League Baseball players."
The Astros were 32-49 at the halfway point last season before posting a 3-24 record in July and a 5-22 mark in August.
The Angels have won five straight games. Over their last six contests, they have averaged 7.3 runs per game.
Scioscia is confident in his group's ability to continue its stretch of stellar play.
"We're doing more little things like we have to, from every aspect," Scioscia said. "The defensive play, the pitcher-catcher aspect, running the bases, squaring up in the batter's box, it's all there. We've shown glimpses of it this year, we just haven't been able to bottle it and move forward. It's important for us to play with that aggressiveness and consistency we've shown in snippets lately.
"We definitely have some veterans and young kids trying to contribute. Mental makeup of this club is strong from young to old. They know what we need to bring to the field every day."
The Angels will seek their sixth consecutive victory and a sweep of the Astros when the teams reconvene at Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
Angels: Wilson to toe the rubber
C.J. Wilson (7-5, 3.88 ERA) will face Houston for the fourth time this season when he takes the mound on Sunday. He sports a 1-2 record against Houston, despite a 2.75 ERA against the division foe. In 19 2/3 innings against the Astros, the southpaw has tallied 24 strikeouts and allowed only six earned runs (11 total).
• Outfielder Peter Bourjos left Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. He was initially diagnosed with a right wrist contusion. Bourjos was making his first start since returning from a left thumb bruise.
Astros: Harrell hoping for rebound
Lucas Harrell (5-8, 4.84 ERA) will take the hill for Houston on Sunday. In two starts against the Angels this season, Harrell has pitched admirably, compiling a 1.69 ERA over 10 2/3 innings. He didn't factor into the decision in either outing, however. In his most recent start, Harrell was roughed up for seven hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Cardinals.
• Astros infielder Brett Wallace slugged his first home run since Sept. 28, 2012, on Saturday.
• Angels righty Joe Blanton entered his start Saturday allowing an average of 12.2 hits per nine innings. He held Houston to just three knocks over seven frames.