No one thought the Angels would be in this position 10 games into the season.
With so many expectations after the team's busy offseason, the Angels are just 2-8 and sit at the bottom of the American League West.
After a 5-0 loss on Friday to the Astros, who are on a three-game win streak, the Angels will try to rebound against their newest division foe on Saturday in Anaheim.
"Our challenge is in-house, to worry about our team and how we need to play the game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "You can talk about any team you want that's out there and what it's going to come down to is how we need to play the game of baseball and generate wins, so I don't think it's neither here nor there, who's in your division, who's not in your division.
"The schedule is bringing a tough game every night, and that's the only real way to approach it. You want to talk to me in November about what happened during the season, we can discuss it. But I guarantee you right now, you have a tough game every night and you have to play at a high level. That has never changed."
Garrett Richards will be on the hill for the Halos, jumping into the starting rotation for Jered Weaver, who is on the disabled list with a broken left elbow.
While he's appeared out of the bullpen so far this season, Richards was stretched out as a starter in Spring Training and has been a starter for the majority of his career.
Meanwhile, Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell will look to bounce back in his first career start against the Angels after getting roughed up in his most recent outing against Oakland.
Taking a loss on Sunday to the A's, Harrell allowed eight earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings to snap his streak of going at least five innings in 31 consecutive starts.
"When you have bad starts, the next start can't come soon enough," Harrell said. "It's one of those things where you want to get back out there and throw the ball again so you have a better feeling about yourself."
He worked between starts on staying back and gathering himself, allowing his arm to keep a proper pace on way to plate.
"The main thing I did was I worked on some things I was doing wrong and got with [pitching coach Doug Brocail] and felt like we got some of the kinks worked out, and now it's mainly going out there and doing what I know I can do," Harrell said. "I kind of lost a little bit of confidence the other day and I was getting frustrated with myself because I wasn't hitting my spots, and you have to battle through games like that. I kind of self-imploded a little bit, and it was my own fault."
Astros: Corporan working extra hard in backup role
• As Jason Castro continues to have a full workload behind the plate, backup catcher Carlos Corporan is still making sure he gets his work in.
While he'll make only his third start of the season Saturday, Corporan has been going to the bullpen in the fifth or sixth inning to do extra catching. He's also been doing more conditioning and exercising.
"I'm doing extra work, doing conditioning with relievers to keep my body in shape," he said. "That way, I feel like I've been playing when it's my day to start."
• Right-hander Alex White underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Thursday and came through it fine. Manager Bo Porter said he and White exchanged text messages following the procedure. White, acquired in December from the Rockies, will miss the rest of the season.
Angels: Jimenez makes MLB debut
• With shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Alberto Callaspo ailing, the Angels called up Luis Jimenez from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his Major League debut on Friday against the Astros.
Getting the start at third base for Callaspo, Jimenez got on the roster when the Angels optioned outfielder J.B. Shuck.
"I didn't imagine that I'd be here so soon, but I did picture myself here some day," Jimenez said. "I'm happy. I'm going to do the best I can."
Batting in the eighth spot during the game, Jimenez finished the night going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
• Astros starters have limited opponents to three earned runs or fewer in nine of the club's 10 games.
• Chris Iannetta and Albert Pujols are the only Angels to have ever faced Harrell. Iannetta is 1-for-2 in his career, while Pujols in 0-for-2.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.