Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Preview

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The Los Angeles Angels are traveling east to face their division rival Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. ATTSN Southwest will broadcast the matchup and the game is slated to get going at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Odds

Vegas is listing Houston (-220) as the favorite over Los Angeles (+200). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -115 for over 8 runs and -105 for under 8. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds coming in at Angels +1.5 runs (-110) and Astros -1.5 runs (-110).

The Angels are 64-69 SU and are 61-72 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 12.7 units for moneyline gamblers and 20.4 units ATS. The Astros, on the other hand, are 82-51 SU and 67-65 ATS. They’ve lost 10.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.1 units ATS.

Houston games have an over/under record of 58-67-7 in 2018. Angels games have gone under 65 times, gone over 59 times and pushed on nine occasions.

Southpaw Andrew Heaney is projected to start for the visiting Angels. Heaney (7-8, 4.25 ERA) has recorded 138 strikeouts in 146 innings so far. He’s 2-1 with 19 strikeouts and a 3.15 ERA against Houston this year (three starts).

The Astros will turn to righty Justin Verlander (13-8, 2.72 ERA), who has 229 strikeouts and 31 walks as well as a WHIP of 0.94. Verlander is 4-0 with 33 strikeouts and a 1.61 ERA over four starts against Los Angeles this year.

Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.39 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.81 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.73, along with a WHIP of 1.32 and a K-per-9 of 8.61.

Angels hitters have slashed .247/.319/.418 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 5.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Los Angeles’ offense has been sparked by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Mike Trout, who have combined to swat 39 home runs. Simmons is slashing .293/.341/.414 with eight home runs, 60 RBIs and 57 runs scored, while Trout is hitting .311 with 31 homers, 62 RBIs, 87 runs and 21 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Houston’s pitching staff has yielded 3.3 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 3.19 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 3.01, a WHIP of 1.04 and a K/9 of 10.7. In 66 games against divisional opponents, Astros starters have an ERA of 3.49 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.63.

Houston’s offense has put up 5.0 runs per contest, including 5.0 per game against divisional foes and 6.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .287/.378/.421 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Astros’ offense has been led by third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve. Bregman is slashing .293/.395/.533 with 25 home runs, 86 RBIs and 89 runs scored, while Altuve’s line sits at .327/.391/.464 with 10 homers, 51 RBIs, 69 runs and 15 steals.

The Angels have gained 0.5 units and are 45-47 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 43 of those games, compared to 44 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Astros have lost 7.2 units and are 25-26 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in 24 of those games, compared to 25 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of Houston’s last seven games.
  • The Astros have won seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 19.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 17.0 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Astros have hit 16 over their last 10.