Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros Betting Preview

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The streaking Houston Astros will go for their seventh straight win as they play host to the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. ATTSN Southwest will broadcast the matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Los Angeles (+170) as the underdog to Houston (-180). The total stands at eight runs and bettors can wager on the over for -120 or the under for +100. The game’s runline odds stand at -130 for taking the Angels +1.5 runs and +110 for the Astros -1.5.

The Astros are 16-7 SU and 12-10 ATS. They’ve gained 0.6 units for moneyline bettors and 0.0 units against the spread (ATS). Houston has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Angels are 14-8 SU and have gone 11-10 ATS. Overall, the team’s accumulated 5.8 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 2.1 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread just once in its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Astros games have an over/under record of 9-13 so far in 2018. The Angels have an over/under record of 13-8.

Southpaw Tyler Skaggs is the probable starter for Los Angeles. Skaggs is 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He has yet to face Houston this year, but he did make three starts against the Astros in 2017, compiling a 1-0 record against them with a 4.24 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

The Astros are sending righty Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96 ERA) to the mound. Cole has 41 punchouts and six walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 0.75. Cole did not record a start against the Angels in 2017.

Houston’s pitching staff has allowed 2.5 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have a 2.10 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has recorded a solid ERA of just 2.49, a WHIP of 1.08 and a K/9 of 9.7. In 11 games against AL West opponents, Astros starters have an ERA of 1.70 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.74.

The Houston hitters have produced 5.0 runs per outing, including 4.7 per game against divisional foes and 8.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .321/.402/.527 over its last five matchups and is 5-0 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Carlos Correa and outfielder Josh Reddick have led the Astros’ offense so far. Correa is hitting .351/.409/.584 with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 17 runs scored, and Reddick is batting .250 with six homers, 15 RBIs and 14 runs.

Correa performed well against left-handed pitching last season, slashing .391/.457/.609 in 105 plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .315/.391/.550).

In the visiting dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 5.12 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 9.46 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.16, along with a K-per-9 of 8.85.

The Angels offense has slashed .261/.324/.434 on its way to 5.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 7.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 1.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have led Los Angeles’ offense. Trout is slashing .306/.406/.682 with nine home runs, 17 RBIs and 18 runs scored, while Ohtani (.333/.378/.619) has produced three homers, 11 RBIs and five runs scored.

The Angels have gained 4.5 units and are 9-6 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 10 of those games, compared to five that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Astros have netted 2.5 units and are 5-3 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to four that went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Each team has hit 12 home runs over its last 10 outings.
  • Los Angeles has averaged 18.8 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 12.6 over its last five.