Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 9 (9/9): MLB

Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 9 (9/9): MLB

 

Odds

Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Angels money line +190
Angels run line +1.5 (-110)
Astros money line -230
Astros run line -1.5 (-110)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Los Angeles Angels  Houston Astros
Record 60-77 88-49
Road / home record 29-37 45-21
Last 10 record 6-4 7-3
Streak L1 W1
Over / under record 62-66-9 50-79-8
Runs / game 3.82 4.50
Runs allowed / game 4.17 3.25

 

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels will meet again to play a 3-game series at the Minute Maid Park. The Angels won their last series vs Tigers and the Astros beat the Rangers 2 of 3 times to take the series and are 11-4 vs Angels this season.

 

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels get here with a 60-77 record and have won 3 their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.82 runs per game. They're batting for .227 AVG, 524 runs scored in 1046 hits and 161 home runs, ranking #25 in offense in the league tied with the Kansas City Royals. Shohei Ohtani leads the team with a .265 avg, 33 home runs and 86 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.17 runs per game and rank #12 in the league. Shohei Ohtani leads the pitching staff with a 2.58 ERA, 181 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:  Michael Lorenzen (6-6, 4.94 ERA)

Lorenzen will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Angels. Lorenzen has been sidelined by a strained right shoulder since early July, but he's poised to return this week after making three rehab starts in the minors. He  has a 0-2 record with an ERA of 12.38, 6 strikeouts and 2 saves in 4 appearances against the Astros in his career.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 88-49 record and have won 7 of their last 9 games. They're averaging 4.50 runs and batting for .246 AVG, 615 runs scored in 1118 hits and 176 home runs, ranking #10 in offense in the league behind the Boston Red Sox. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .303 avg with 31 home runs and 82 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.25 runs per game and ranking #2 in the league. Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.84 ERA, 154 strikeouts and 16 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 2.08 ERA)

McCullers Jr. will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Astros. McCullers allowed two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven over 5.2 innings to earn the win Friday over the Angels and is 6-5 with an ERA of 3.02 and 107 strikeouts in 19 appearances against them in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels' last 6 games on the road.

LA Angels are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against Houston.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels' last 6 games against an opponent in the American League.

Houston are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 6 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Angels have found a little bit if success lately but it's too late for them and have been dominated by the Astros this season. Michael Lorenzen will take the mound for Los Angeles who has struggled this season and has been destroyed by the Astros as well. Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros who has been very effective in his 4 starts so far and beat the Angels the last time. The Astros are a very tough team to beat at home so I expect them to have an easy win. Go with the Astros.

PICK: Astros -1.5 (-110)

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