Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

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The Los Angeles Angels will play host to their divisional rival Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The game gets underway 10:07 p.m. ET and ATTSN Southwest will broadcast the action.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Vegas is listing Los Angeles (+120) as the underdog to Houston (-130). The total sits at 7.5 runs and bettors can wager on either the over or the under for -110. You can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds coming in at Astros -1.5 runs (+115) and Angels 1.5 runs (-135).

The Angels are 24-16 SU and 21-18 ATS. The team has gained 6.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.7 units against the spread (ATS). The Astros are 26-16 SU and have gone 21-20 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 3.9 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in this young season and 1.8 units ATS.

Angels games have had an over/under record of 21-18 so far in 2018. Houston has been a good under bet with a total record of 14-25-2.

Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will get the start for the visiting Astros. McCullers Jr. is 5-1 with a 3.72 ERA and 52 strikeouts. He has yet to face Los Angeles this year, but he made three starts against the team in 2017, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.06 ERA and 16 strikeouts.

The Angels will put the ball in the left hand of Andrew Heaney (1-2, 4.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP), who’s got 29 strikeouts and eight walks this season. Heaney did not record a start against the Astros in 2017.

As a unit, Los Angeles pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game overall this season. The teams starters have an ERA of 4.09, a WHIP of 1.29 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.2. The bullpen has a 3.62 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.2 K/9. In 16 divisional games, Angels starters have an ERA of 3.66 and the bullpens ERA is 3.63.

The Los Angeles hitters have put up 5.0 runs per outing, including 6.4 per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .273/.379/.460 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Angels batters have been led by Mike Trout, who is slashing .315/.450/.650 with 12 home runs, 25 RBIs, 33 runs and eight stolen bases. Trout performed well against righties at home in 2017, slashing .352/.468/.753 across 203 such plate appearances (his overall season line was .306/.442/.629).

For the visitors, Houston’s pitching staff allowed 2.6 runs per game and its starters own a 2.24 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 10.77 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.10, along with a WHIP of 0.94 and a K/9 of 9.89.

The Astros offense has slashed .256/.336/.414 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game this season, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Houston’s hitters have been paced by Carlos Correa. Correa is hitting .292/.374/.521 with seven home runs, 29 RBIs and 26 runs scored. He performed well against left-handed pitching on the road in 2017. Across 59 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .407/.458/.630 (his total season line was .315/.391/.550).

The Astros just got a 6-1 victory over the Rangers, while the Angels are coming off of a 2-1 win against the Twins.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in three of Los Angeles last seven games.
  • The Astros have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
  • Houston has posted 24.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.0 over its last five.
  • The Astros have won five of their last six games SU.