Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview

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The Houston Astros will be squaring off against their AL West foe Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The matchup will begin at 4:07 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to ATTSN Southwest to catch the action.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Vegas has listed Houston (-140) as the favorite over Los Angeles (+130). The total is sitting at 9 runs and gamblers can take the over for even money (+100) and the under for -120. Gamblers can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at Astros -1.5 runs (+105) and Angels +1.5 runs (-125).

The Angels are 63-67 straight up (SU) and 59-70 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 10.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 20.0 units (ATS). The Astros are 79-50 SU and have gone 64-64 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 11.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.3 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have a 57-63-9 over/under record in 2018. Houston has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 56-65-7.

Framber Valdez will get the nod for Houston. Valdez is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts. He has yet to face the Angels this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Angels are putting the ball in the right hand of Felix Pena (1-3, 4.53 ERA, 1.37 WHIP), who has 59 strikeouts and 23 walks. Pena did not record a start against the Astros in 2017.

Houston’s pitching staff allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.15 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.37 K/9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.08, along with a K-per-9 of 10.69.

Astros hitters have slashed .256/.332/.433 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Houston’s offensive production has been fueled by second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman. Altuve is hitting .331/.396/.470 with 10 home runs, 49 RBIs, 68 runs and 15 steals. Bregman (.283/.386/.519) has produced 24 homers, 79 RBIs and 85 runs scored.

For the home team, Los Angeles’ pitchers have given up 4.4 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starters have an ERA of 4.36, a WHIP of 1.31 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has a 3.74 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.6 K/9. In 49 games against AL West opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 4.18 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.13.

The Los Angeles hitters have produced 4.6 runs per outing, including 5.1 per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .209/.254/.344 over its last five contests and is 0-5 SU during that stretch.

The Angels’ hitters have been led by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Justin Upton. Simmons is slashing .296/.346/.420 with eight home runs, 59 RBIs and 57 runs scored, and Upton’s line is .267/.352/.474 with 26 homers, 74 RBIs and 69 runs scored.

The Astros have lost 3.4 units and are 40-38 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over’s hit in 33 of those games, compared to 40 that’ve gone under against -handed starting pitchers.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in only two of Houston’s last seven games.
  • The Angels have lost seven of their last eight games SU.
  • Houston has recorded 24.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 29.2 over its last five.
  • The Astros have hit 21 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 10 over their last 10.