Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 3 (9/3): MLB

Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 3 (9/3): MLB

Credit: photo by  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 9:07 p.m. EST
Astros money line -155
Astros run line -1.5 (+105)
Angels money line +130
Angels run line +1.5 (-125)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Houston Astros Los Angeles Angels
Record 84-47 57-74
Road / home record 41-27 28-37
Last 10 record 7-3 5-5
Streak W3 W1
Over / under record 49-74-8 58-64-9
Runs / game 4.53 3.82
Runs allowed / game 3.31 4.18

 

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels will meet again to play a 3-game series at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Astros won their last series agianst the Rangers and the Angels beat the Yankees 2 of 3 times to win the series but are 4-9 vs Astros this season. 

 

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 84-47 record and have won 7 of their last 9 games. They're averaging 4.53 runs and batting for .246 AVG, 593 runs scored in 1073 hits and 172 home runs, ranking #11 in offense in the league behind the Boston Red Sox. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .303 avg with 31 home runs and 80 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.31 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:

Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.92 ERA) will be on the mound for the Astros in the 1st game of the series. Garcia gave up four hits and three walks while striking out two over five scoreless innings in a 2-0 loss to the Orioles on Friday. He did not factor into the decision. He is 5-5 with an ERA of 3.01 and 100 strikeouts in 18 appearances versus the Angels in his career.

 

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels get here with a 57-74 record and have won 5 their last 6 games. The team is averaging 3.82 runs per game. They're batting for .227 AVG, 500 runs scored in 995 hits and 151 home runs, ranking #25 in offense in the league tied with the Kansas City Royals. Shohei Ohtani leads the team with a .265 avg, 30 home runs and 82 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.18 runs per game and rank #14 in the league. Shohei Ohtani leads the pitching staff with a 2.67 ERA, 176 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:   Shohei Ohtani (11-8, 2.58 ERA)

Ohtani will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Angels. Phtani picked up the win in Friday's 12-0 rout of the Blue Jays, allowing four hits and three walks over 5.1 scoreless innings. He struck out five. He has a record of 1-0 with an ERA of 2.81 and 15 strikeouts in 3 appearances versus the Astros in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Houston are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against LA Angels.

Houston are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road.

Houston are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games when playing on the road against LA Angels.

LA Angels are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Angels' last 9 games against Houston.

LA Angels are 6-13 SU in their last 19 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Astros have been on fire as they have won 7 of their last 9 games and have the second best record in the MLB. For this game they'll send Luis Garcia who has been sharp since his return and has good numbers vs Angels in his career. The Angels are also on a roll and just beat the Yankees in their last series. For this game they'll send Shohei Ohtani to the mound who's having a good season and has allowed no more than 2 runs per game vs Astros this season. Expect a close game as both pitchers will dominate on the mound. Take the under.

PICK: Under 8.5 (-110)

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