Pena (7-3) was charged with the loss against the Astros on Wednesday, surrendering eight runs on nine hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Pena struggled against a tough Astros lineup, giving up three runs in the first inning on an RBI double to Alex Bregman and a two-run homer to Michael Brantley. He then allowed a two-run double to Jose Altuve in the second, surrendered another run on a wild pitch in the third, and was unable to finish the fifth inning after hitting Brantley with a pitch and surrendering a single to Robinson Chirinos. It was a rare outing in which the Angels did not use an opener ahead of Pena. The right-hander was coming off a dominant performance against the Mariners during which he threw seven no-hit innings to complete a combined no-hitter. Pena now owns a 4.92 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 91:28 K:BB over 20 appearances.
Pena will start Wednesday's game against the Astros without an opener, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. The Astros' lineup is so deep that he would still be facing a murderers' row if he came in to start the second inning. Additionally, Pena is coming off his best outing in two months, contributing to the combined no hitter last week against the Mariners. He gave up two runs while striking out five in four innings the last time he faced Houston.
Pena (7-2) picked up the win Friday against the Mariners after tossing seven no-hit innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Pena entered the game to begin the third inning with a 9-0 lead behind opener Taylor Cole and shut the Mariners out the rest of the way. Together, the two pitchers threw a combined no-hitter as the Angels honored the memory of Tyler Skaggs in their first home game since his tragic passing. Overall this season, Pena has compiled a 4.32 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 86:27 K:BB over 19 appearances.
Pena will follow opener Taylor Cole on Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Pena hasn't officially started a game since mid-April but is regularly throwing four or more innings following an opener. The strategy increases his fantasy value slightly, as he can earn wins without pitching five innings and gets to skip the toughest part of the opposition's order the first time through the lineup, but he remains not particularly interesting due to his 4.72 ERA.
Pena (6-2) picked up the win Friday, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks over four innings of relief while striking out five in a 5-4 victory over the Astros. Entering the game after Noe Ramirez gave the Angels a scoreless first inning as the opener, Pena threw 38 of 61 pitches for strikes and benefited from a four-homer barrage by his offense. The right-hander will take a 4.72 ERA and 80:26 K:BB through 74.1 innings into the All-Star break.