Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

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The Houston Astros will face off against their divisional rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The matchup will get going at 10:07 p.m. ET and ATTSN Southwest will be showing the game.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Houston (-160) is the favorite over Los Angeles (+150) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this night game at 7.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds sitting at -110 for the Astros -1.5 runs and -110 for the Angels +1.5.

The Angels are 25-16 SU and 21-19 ATS. The team has gained 7.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.7 units against the spread (ATS). The Astros, on the other hand, have gone 26-17 SU this year and are 22-20 ATS. In total, the teams lost 2.9 units for moneyline gamblers in this young season and 0.8 units ATS.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 21-19 so far in 2018. Houston has been a good under bet with a total record of 14-26-2.

The right-handed Gerrit Cole will get the start for the visiting Astros. Cole is 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA and 86 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with eight strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels are sending righty Jaime Barria (3-1, 2.45 ERA) to the mound. Barria has 13 strikeouts and seven walks to his name, as well as a 1.20 WHIP. Barria hasn’t faced the Astros yet this year and did not pitch in the majors in 2017.

Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have a 3.98 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.60 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.1 K/9. In 17 games against divisional foes, Angels starters have an ERA of 3.44 and the bullpens ERA is 3.57.

The Los Angeles hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per outing, including 6.2 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .242/.349/.370 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Angels batters have been led by outfielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Trout is hitting .310/.448/.641 with 12 home runs, 25 RBIs, 33 runs and eight stolen bases, and the line for Simmons stands at .338/.404/.497 with three homers, 23 RBIs, 26 runs and five stolen bases.

Trout seemed to enjoy hitting right-handed pitchers at home last year, slashing .352/.468/.753 across 203 such plate appearances (his total season line was .306/.442/.629).

In the other dugout, Houston’s pitching staff allowed 2.6 runs per game and its starters own a 2.26 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 10.73 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.05, along with a WHIP of 0.95.

Astros hitters have slashed .255/.335/.411 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Houston’s offense has been powered by shortstop Carlos Correa and right fielder George Springer. Correa is slashing .295/.383/.521 with seven home runs, 29 RBIs and 26 runs scored, while Springer is hitting .295/.360/.500 with eight homers, 26 RBIs and 33 runs scored.

The Astros have lost 0.8 units and are 14-13 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in nine of those games, as opposed to 17 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 6.6 units and are 17-14 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 17 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve cashed the under.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in only one of Houston’s last seven games.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 24.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.6 over its last five.
  • Each team has hit 13 home runs over its last 10 outings.