Angels vs Astros Prediction MLB Experts Picks 7/15

Angels vs Astros Prediction MLB Experts Picks 7/15

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Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels: Preview and Prediction

The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels square off on July 15th in a heated American League matchup. The Astros, currently sporting a 50-41 record and the Angels with a slightly lagging 45-46, are set to bring their best game to Angel Stadium. 

 

Houston Astros – Review and Analysis

Pitching Analysis

LHP Framber Valdez (#59) of the Astros boasts a 2.51 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 111 innings, with an impressive 116 strikeouts and 26 walks. He's given up only 7 home runs, showcasing a strong defensive game, which could prove challenging for the Angels' hitters.

Hitting Analysis

Despite the recent injury of Yordan Alvarez, who leads the team with 17 HRs, the Astros have players like Kyle Tucker leading with a .288 average and Alex Bregman with 56 RBIs in their lineup. Their combined power can make a difference against the Angels' pitching staff.

Injury Report

The Astros are coping with the loss of Jose Urquidy and Yordan Alvarez, both on the IL. However, their deep bench strength may help counteract these losses.

 

Los Angeles Angels – Review and Analysis

Pitching Analysis

LHP Reid Detmers (#48) of the Angels has a 4.31 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 85.2 innings, with 107 strikeouts, 32 walks, and 11 home runs allowed. His high ERA suggests potential vulnerability that the Astros' hitters can exploit.

Hitting Analysis

Shohei Ohtani leads the Angels with an impressive 32 HRs, a .302 average, and 71 RBIs. His batting prowess is the primary offensive threat for the Angels. Despite his performance, the overall team average sits at .256, slightly lower than the Astros' .247.

Injury Report

The Angels are dealing with injuries to significant players such as Anthony Rendon, Jo Adell, and Sam Bachman, all on the IL. These absences could have a significant impact on both their offense and defense.

 

Prediction

Several factors are indicating an Astros win in this matchup. Firstly, the pitching matchup seems to favor the Astros, with Framber Valdez's strong ERA and low home run concession compared to Reid Detmers' higher ERA and home run rate. On the offensive side, even with the absence of Yordan Alvarez, the Astros have a strong lineup that can capitalize on Detmers' pitching weaknesses. The Angels' injury report is also a concern, with key players absent from the game.

Furthermore, the Astros' performance in recent matchups against the Angels has been stronger, leading the series 5-2. Their overall winning record also points to a team that has consistently performed better throughout the season. Lastly, ESPN's Matchup Predictor favors the Astros with a 55.6% chance of winning, indicating a broader consensus in their favor.

 

Pick: Astros ML +100

 

Conclusion

Taking into consideration the pitchers' performances, the offensive capabilities of both teams, and the current injury reports, the Astros seem to have the upper hand in this matchup against the Angels. With their strong record and better team stats, the Astros are set to provide a thrilling game and possibly secure a win. Prepare for a showcase of strategic play and potentially powerful hitting from the Astros.

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