Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Betting Preview

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The Houston Astros are set to host their division rival Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. ATTSN Southwest will be airing the action and the game will get underway at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros Odds

Los Angeles (+182) is the underdog against Houston (-195) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 8.5 runs (+105 for the over and -125 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at Angels +1.5 runs (-120) and Astros +-1.5 runs (+100).

The Astros are 16-9 SU and 13-11 ATS. They’ve lost 0.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 0.0 units against the spread (ATS). The Angels have gone 16-8 SU this year and are 12-11 ATS. Overall, the team’s gained 6.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline in the season’s early going and 2.1 units ATS.

Astros games have a 9-14-1 over/under record so far in 2018. The Angels have an over/under record of 13-10.

Right-hander Nick Tropeano will get the nod for Los Angeles. Tropeano is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and nine strikeouts. He has yet to face the Astros this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Astros are sending righty Justin Verlander (3-0, 1.10 ERA) to the mound. Verlander has 39 strikeouts and eight walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 0.77. Verlander made three starts against the Angels in 2017, putting together a 2-1 record with a 1.71 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

As a unit, Houston’s pitching staff has given up 2.7 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 2.30 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has recorded a solid ERA of just 2.75, a WHIP of 1.04 and a K/9 of 9.6. In 13 games against divisional foes, Astros starters have an ERA of 2.11 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.83.

The Houston hitters are putting up 4.9 runs per outing, including 4.5 per game against divisional foes and 6.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .313/.402/.489 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Carlos Correa has helped lead the Astros’ offense this year with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.89 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 9.23 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.25, along with a WHIP of 1.40.

Angels hitters have slashed .256/.322/.428 on their way to 5.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles’ offense has been led by Mike Trout, who is hitting .308/.418/.692 with 10 home runs, 18 RBIs, 20 runs and five stolen bases.

The Angels are looking for another victory following an 8-7 win in the prior game of this series.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in just two of Houston’s last seven games.
  • The Angels have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
  • Houston has recorded 24.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 29.6 over its last five.