Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview

Victor TrejosArticles, Baseball, MLB

The Los Angeles Angels will head east to face their divisional rival Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The game gets underway 8:10 p.m. ET and ATTSN Southwest will be airing the action.

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Odds

Vegas has listed Houston (-210) as the favorite over Los Angeles (+190). The total stands at eight runs and bettors can take the over for +100 and the under for -120. The game’s runline odds sit at -115 for picking the Angels +1.5 runs and -105 for the Astros -1.5.

The Angels have gone 75-78 SU this year and are 70-82 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.5 units for moneyline bettors and 22.3 units ATS. Los Angeles is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Astros, on the other hand, are 95-57 SU and 77-75 ATS. The team has lost 7.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.8 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Houston games have an over/under record of 68-77-7 in 2018. Los Angeles has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 67-76-9.

Southpaw Andrew Heaney is getting the start for the visiting Angels. Heaney is 9-9 with a 3.97 ERA and 165 strikeouts. He’s 3-1 with 25 strikeouts and a 2.42 ERA against Houston this year (four starts).

The Astros are turning to righty Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.88 ERA), who has 260 punchouts and 63 walks as well as a 1.04 WHIP. Cole is 1-1 with 24 strikeouts and a 3.57 ERA across three starts against Los Angeles this year.

Houston’s pitchers have given up 3.3 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 3.19, a WHIP of 1.13 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.3. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.06, a WHIP of 1.07 and a K/9 of 10.7. In 73 games against divisional foes, Astros starters have an ERA of 3.49 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.64.

Houston’s hitters are putting up 4.9 runs per outing, including 4.8 per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .248/.341/.357 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Astros’ batters have been led by third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve. Bregman is hitting .289/.396/.541 with 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 101 runs scored, and Altuve’s line is .315/.386/.452 with 12 homers, 58 RBIs, 79 runs and 17 stolen bases.

For the visiting squad, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.31 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.73 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.84, along with a K-per-9 of 8.51.

Angels hitters have slashed .245/.317/.414 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout have led Los Angeles’ hitters. Simmons is slashing .295/.339/.420 with 11 home runs, 73 RBIs and 65 runs scored, while Trout is hitting .317/.463/.629 with 36 homers, 72 RBIs, 96 runs and 24 stolen bases.

The Angels have gained 4.6 units and are 50-53 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 50 of those games, as opposed to 48 that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Astros have lost 9.1 units and are 27-31 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has cashed in 26 of those games, compared to 30 that went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Free Pick

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

  • Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in only two of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 16.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 17.4 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.