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MLB Pick: Houston Astros at LA Angels

Houston Astros Batting

Jake Marisnick is a hot hitter early this season.

The Houston Astros head out to LA for a big three game series against division rivals the LA Angels. The Astros haven’t exactly played the Angles well over the years but this is a different Astros team from years past and they have won 4 of the 7 meetings so far this season.

Head to Head Trends

Astros are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles.
Under is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings

LA Angels (-125)

The LA Angels are 3rd in the American League West 5.5 games back of the 1st place Houston Astros. The Angels have been fairly consistent this season they haven’t had any huge cold streaks but they haven’t had any prolonged hot streaks either. The Angles have a below average offense scoring just 3.99 runs per game but they do have a solid pitching staff allowing 3.94 runs per game.

On the mound for the Angles today is lefty Hector Santiago who is 4-4 with a 2.77 ERA on the season. Santiago got off to a quick start this season but he hasn’t been all that sharp of late going 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA over his last 3 starts.

LA Angels Trends

Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter.
Angels are 1-5 in Santiagos last 6 starts with 4 days of rest.

Houston Astros (+115)

The Houston Astros are 1st in the American League West 3.5 games clear of the 2nd place Texas Rangers. Back in the beginning of June the Astros lost 7 straight games and it looked like they were reverting back to the Astros from the last few years but they bounced back strong and have won 6 of their last 8 games. The Astros offense is largely dependent on the long ball leading the Majors with 103 round trippers and 24 of those have come over their last 10 games.

Starting for the Astros today is lefty Brett Oberholtzer who is 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 5 starts this season. Oberholtzer has looked solid since coming back from injury about a month ago and it looks like he’s just getting stronger each and every start.

Houston Astros Trends

Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
Astros are 4-1 in Oberholtzers last 5 starts.

Conclusion

I’m going with the Houston Astros over the Angels in this one. The Houston Astros are just crushing home runs right now and with Santiago on the mound for the Angels who has already allowed 12 home runs this season it looks like they could add to their total tonight.

Free Pick: Houston Astros +115

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