Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

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The Houston Astros will head west to square off against their divisional rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The game gets underway 10:07 p.m. ET and ATTSN Southwest will showcase the matchup.

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Odds

The Astros are 59-35 SU and are 47-46 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 1.1 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having lost 3.1 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven. The Angels, on the other hand, are 48-46 SU and 52-41 ATS. They’ve lost 0.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 11.9 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 43-42-8 so far in 2019. Houston has been a decent under bet with a total record of 42-48-3.

The right-handed Josh James is projected to start for the visiting Astros. James is 4-0 with a 4.91 ERA and 76 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels are turning to righty Griffin Canning (3-5, 4.43 ERA), who’s got 69 strikeouts and 17 walks, along with a 1.09 WHIP. Canning hasn’t faced the Astros yet this year and did not accrue any MLB appearances last season.

As a unit, Los Angeles’ pitchers have given up 4.9 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 5.24 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.45 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. In 48 games against AL West foes, Angels starters have an ERA of 5.75 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.67.

The Los Angeles hitters are putting up 5.2 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game against divisional foes and 7.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .290/.381/.540 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Angels’ offense has been led by Mike Trout and David Fletcher. Trout is hitting .305/.455/.666 with 30 home runs, 75 RBIs, 74 runs and eight stolen bases, while Fletcher’s line sits at .298/.362/.417 with five homers, 32 RBIs and 48 runs.

For the visiting squad, Houston’s pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.93 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.26 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.89, along with a K-per-9 of 9.72.

The Astros offense has slashed .269/.349/.472 on its way to 5.2 runs scored per game in 2019, including 6.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 7.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Left fielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel continue to lead Houston’s hitters. Brantley is hitting .324/.382/.504 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs and 49 runs scored, while Gurriel is slashing .281/.318/.493 with 16 homers, 55 RBIs and 52 runs scored.

The Astros have lost 11.5 units and are 31-34 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 31 of those games, as opposed to 32 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 8.4 units and are 37-24 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 30 of those games, as opposed to 25 that’ve gone under.

Astros at Angels Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Houston has tallied 20 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Los Angeles has 22 XBH over its last five.
  • The Astros have an OPS of .821 this season and an OPS of .791 against right-handed pitchers. The Angels’ OPS stands at .784 overall and .785 versus righties.
  • Los Angeles has posted 26.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 28.0 over its last five.
  • The Astros have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.