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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels,
5-16-2018 - Expert Prediction

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#917 Houston
Astros -120
#918 Los Angeles
Angels 7

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 9:40pm

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Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, Angel Stadium of Anaheim

SP: Verlander (HOU) vs. Richards (LAA)

On Wednesday, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels will wrap up their series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. It will be the final game of the series with a start time of 9:40 P.M ET. Anyone who subscribes to MLB.tv can watch the game nationally.

Astros on a Roll

It’s no surprise that the defending World Series champions are having a good year but they are doing precisely that. Right now, the Astros have won five of their last seven games and are tied for first place among AL West teams.

Of course, the team is running on both their offense and pitching staff but their pitching staff is really carrying the load. Right now, the unit ranks first in all four major categories: WHIP, Quality Starts, ERA, and Batting Average Allowed. On offense, they rank No. 5 in OBP and No. 6 in overall runs scored.

On Wednesday, the team will send Justin Verlander to the hill to face LA. Verlander currently has the best ERA on the team (1.21) in nine starts.

Angels Have Share of First

As of Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Angels are tied with the Astros for first place in the AL West. They took the first game of this series and have back-to-back wins heading into Wednesday.

While the pitching staff is carrying their weight, the offense for Los Angeles has been seriously rolling. They rank fifth in both runs scored and slugging percentage, as well as eighth in overall batting average. Superstar Mike Trout is leading the way with 12 home runs and an average of .308. Former All-Star Justin Upton has 10 homers of his own and leads the team in RBIs.

Garrett Richards will start on Wednesday for the Angels. He leads the team in wins (4) and strikeouts (49). It will be his ninth start of the season on Wednesday.

Trends:

HOU:

  • 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. LAA.

LAA:

  • 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
  • 9-4 in their last 13 overall.
  • 9-4 in their last 13 games on grass.

On Wednesday, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels will wrap up their series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. It will be the final game of the series with a start time of 9:40 P.M ET. Anyone who subscribes to MLB.tv can watch the game nationally.

Betting-wise, it’s hard to go against Verlander but the trends support the Angels. Plus, they’ll be at home and have their most successful pitcher on the hill. Roll with the Halos in this one.

Pick: Los Angeles Angels

Casey P.

Casey Pazzalia is a former Division-II athlete and New York native. With nearly 10 years of experience, Casey picks from a contrarian viewpoint and has done it all in the sports gambling business. A family man, Casey now resides in the DMV area and contributes to many sports media outlets.

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