Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Betting Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels are set to face their divisional rival Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The matchup will be televised nationally on ESPN and the game gets underway 8:08 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Odds

Los Angeles (+175) is entering this one as the underdog against Houston (-185) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs (-115 for the over and -105 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds standing at Angels +1.5 runs (-125) and Astros -1.5 runs (+105).

The Angels have gone 66-70 SU this year and are 63-72 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 18.4 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Astros, on the other hand, are 83-53 SU and 67-68 ATS. The team’s lost 14.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 7.3 units ATS. Houston has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Houston games have had an over/under record of 59-69-7 in 2018. Los Angeles has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 59-67-9.

Shohei Ohtani is getting the start for the visiting Angels. The right-handed Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with seven strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA against Houston this year.

The Astros are handing the ball to righty Gerrit Cole (12-5, 2.85 ERA), who has 234 strikeouts and 54 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.01. Cole is 0-1 with 15 strikeouts and a 3.75 ERA over two starts against Los Angeles this year.

As a unit, Houston’s pitching staff has given up 3.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 3.20 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.99, a WHIP of 1.04 and a K/9 of 10.7. In 69 games against AL West foes, Astros starters have an ERA of 3.51 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.56.

The Houston offense has put up 4.9 runs per contest, including 4.9 per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .223/.303/.318 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Astros’ batters have been led by third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve. Bregman is hitting .290/.392/.531 with 26 home runs, 87 RBIs and 91 runs scored, while Altuve’s line sits at .323/.386/.458 with 10 homers, 51 RBIs, 69 runs and 15 stolen bases.

In the visiting dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.74 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.75, along with a K-per-9 of 8.56.

Angels hitters have slashed .246/.318/.415 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 5.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles’ offense has been powered by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and outfielder Justin Upton. Simmons is slashing .296/.343/.423 with nine home runs, 65 RBIs and 58 runs scored. Upton is slashing .265/.349/.467 with 26 homers, 75 RBIs and 70 runs scored.

The Angels have gained 2.8 units and are 46-47 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 43 of those games, compared to 45 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Astros have lost 4.3 units and are 42-41 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 35 of those games, as opposed to 43 that’ve cashed the under.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • Houston has recorded 25.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 17.4 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.