The Los Angeles Angels are set to face their divisional rival Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The matchup will begin at 7:10 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to ATTSN Southwest to catch the action.
Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Odds
The Astros are 82-53 straight up (SU) and 67-67 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 12.3 units for moneyline bettors and 6.3 units (ATS). The Angels have gone 66-69 SU this year and are 62-72 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 10.3 units for moneyline bettors and 19.4 units ATS.
Astros games have an over/under record of 59-68-7 in 2018. Los Angeles has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 59-66-9.
The right-handed Felix Pena will get the start for the visiting Angels. Pena is 1-4 with a 4.52 ERA and 64 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA against Houston this year.
The Astros are seeing how Josh James can handle major-league hitters. This game represents the first MLB start of the season for James.
Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.31 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.79 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.72, along with a WHIP of 1.31 and a K-per-9 of 8.56.
The Angels offense has slashed .247/.319/.417 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 5.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and left fielder Justin Upton continue to lead Los Angeles’ hitters. Simmons is slashing .299/.346/.426 with nine home runs, 65 RBIs and 58 runs scored, while Upton has a .266 average with 26 homers, 75 RBIs and 70 runs scored.
For the home team, Houston’s pitchers have yielded 3.3 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starters have a 3.19 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.02, a WHIP of 1.05 and a K/9 of 10.7. In 68 games against divisional foes, Astros starters have an ERA of 3.49 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.63.
Houston’s hitters have put up 4.9 runs per outing, including 4.8 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .264/.351/.387 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.
Third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve have led the Astros’ hitters this year. Bregman is hitting .291/.393/.528 with 25 home runs, 86 RBIs and 90 runs scored, and Altuve’s line is .326/.389/.462 with 10 homers, 51 RBIs, 69 runs and 15 steals.
The Astros have lost 2.5 units and are 42-40 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 35 of those games, compared to 42 that’ve gone under against righties.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – UNDER
- The under has hit in three of Houston’s last seven games.
- The Astros have dropped three of their last four games SU.
- Houston has posted 25.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.4 over its last five.
- The Angels have hit six home runs in their last 10 games. The Astros have hit 11 over their last 10.