There is perhaps no team in baseball as hot as the Angels right now. They are coming off a four-game series sweep of the A's, opening up a nice five-game lead in the American League West.
The Angels will have a chance to add to that advantage when they play two against the Astros starting Tuesday in Houston. Six straight wins have Los Angeles a season-high 30 games above .500.
The Astros are slated to begin September with 11 straight games against teams with playoff hopes. They will do it with a new skipper as Tom Lawless takes over on an interim basis after the club dismissed manager Bo Porter on Monday.
Like Houston, Los Angeles also enjoyed a day off Monday, its last until September 25.
C.J. Wilson will need to limit the walks that have crept into his outings lately if the Angels are to extend their winning streak. He's issued 11 free passes in his last 17 1/3 innings.
Though he's allowed three runs or fewer in his last four starts, these Astros touched him up for three homers when he faced them July 4.
For the Astros, it'll be Brad Peacock on the mound. The right-hander hasn't won since July 8, and he's 0-3 with an ERA of 7.53 since then.
Peacock has shown considerable improvement in his last few starts, though. In three of his last four outings, he's allowed one earned run.
The first inning continues to be where he runs into the most trouble. Opponents are batting .308 off him in the game's opening frame.
"To tell you the truth, don't know what it is in the first," he said. "Just trying to calm down out there and attack guys."
Angels: Rasmus sent down -- for now
Sunday, Los Angeles activated Grant Green from the disabled list and optioned reliever Cory Rasmus to Triple-A Salt Lake City.
Rasmus' absence from the big league club should be a short one, though. As rosters expand with September callups, and Salt Lake City's season comes to an end, Rasmus should be back by Tuesday.
Astros: Downs, Hoes to get September taps
Houston's first wave of September callups will join the club Tuesday, in time for the opener against Los Angeles.
Assuming left-hander Darin Downs' Minor League rehab assignment went well Sunday, he'll be among the Tuesday callups, as will right-hander Sam Deduno.
Among the other players expected to get called up are relief pitcher Paul Clemens, outfielder L.J. Hoes, catcher Max Stassi and shortstop Jonathan Villar.
• Los Angeles' four-game sweep of Oakland is its first since July 1997.
• The Angels are beginning a 10-game, four-city road trip that also goes through Minnesota, Cleveland and Texas.
• Erick Aybar is riding a career-high 16-game hitting streak.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.