Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview

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The Houston Astros will be squaring off against their divisional rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. ATTSN Southwest is in line to broadcast the action and the first pitch will be at 9:07 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Los Angeles (+170) as the underdog to Houston (-180). The total is sitting at 8 runs and bettors can take the over for even money (+100) and the under for -120. The game’s runline odds stand at -125 for picking the Astros -1.5 runs and +105 for the Angels +1.5.

The Astros have gone 78-50 SU this year and are 63-64 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 12.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 7.4 units ATS. The Angels, on the other hand, are 63-66 SU and 59-69 ATS. The team has lost 9.9 units for moneyline bettors and 18.6 units ATS.

Angels games have an over/under record of 56-63-9 in 2018. The Astros have also been a decent under bet with a total record of 55-65-7.

The right-handed Justin Verlander will get the nod for the visiting Astros. Verlander is 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and 223 strikeouts. He’s 3-0 with 27 strikeouts and a 0.82 ERA against Los Angeles this year (three starts).

The Angels are putting the ball in the hands of righty Jaime Barria (8-7, 3.41 ERA), who’s got 76 strikeouts and 27 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.24. Barria is 0-0 with seven strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA in one start against Houston this year.

Houston’s pitchers have allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starters own a 3.14 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 10.38 K/9. The bullpen has logged a solid ERA of just 3.10, along with a WHIP of 1.10 and a K/9 of 10.70.

The Astros offense has slashed .256/.331/.432 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.9 runs per game against divisional foes and 7.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman continue to lead Houston’s offense. Altuve is hitting .329/.391/.469 with 10 home runs, 48 RBIs, 66 runs and 15 stolen bases, while Bregman (.281/.384/.515) is up to 24 homers, 78 RBIs and 83 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 4.33, a WHIP of 1.31 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.9. The bullpen has a 3.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.7 K/9. In 48 games against AL West opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 4.08 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.17.

The Los Angeles offense is putting up 4.6 runs per outing, including 5.2 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .256/.297/.419 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and left fielder Justin Upton have led the Angels’ offense this year. Simmons is hitting .295/.344/.416 with eight home runs, 58 RBIs and 57 runs scored, and Upton’s line is .267/.352/.474 with 26 homers, 74 RBIs and 69 runs.

The Astros have lost 3.4 units and are 40-38 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 33 of those games, compared to 40 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 0.2 units and are 44-46 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 41 of those games, compared to 44 that went under.

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Angels have lost six of their last seven games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 22.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.8 over its last five.
  • The Astros have hit 20 home runs in their last 10 games, including 12 over their last five.