When he watched Houston play the Angels six times in a short span late last month, longtime Angels assistant coach Dino Ebel noted an unusual tactic the Astros employ with their middle infield.
Shortstop Carlos Correa serves as the cutoff man in all relay situations, no matter where the throw is coming from. Second baseman Jose Altuve always stays put.
It is an idea Ebel and the Angels may imitate with shortstop Andrelton Simmons. His arm is far stronger than that of second baseman Johnny Giavotella.
“That could be a thing we do,” Ebel said. “If the ball is hit to right-center or...