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The Los Angeles Angels host the Houston Astros Wednesday in the third game of a four-game series. The Angels won the first game of the series to improve to 49-46 while the Astros fell to 59-36 – not including the results of Tuesday’s game. Right hander Gerrit Cole (9-5) gets the start for the Astros while the Angels have not yet named a starter. Game time is 10:07 p.m. Eastern at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
Astros stumble out of the gates
The Astros came into the all-star break playing well but have stumbled a bit out of the gate after the break. They lost 2 straight to Texas before recovering on the weekend to salvage a 2-2 split. But then they lost the first game of their four-game series to the Angels Monday by the score of 9-6. John James got the start but only pitched one inning. Framber Valdez came in and got rocked for 7 runs in 4 innings to suffer the loss. George Springer had a great game, going 3 for 5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs. Yuli Gurriel and Tony Kemp each had 2 hits apiece. The Astros fell to 59-36 but still hold a 5.5 game lead over Oakland.
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Angels are flying high
The Los Angeles Angels have come out of the all-star break on fire. They swept the Seattle Mariners — and the games weren’t even close — and then they beat the Astros on Monday. The offense has been pounding the ball as they have averaged over 9 runs per game over their last five games. Against the Astros Monday, it was all hands on deck as starter Griffin Canning got roughed up for 3 runs in 1.1 innings. But the bullpen got the job done as reliever Justin Anderson (3-0) got the win. Hansel Robles earned his 14th save. Albert Pujols led the attack with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, while Justin Upton and David Fletcher had 2 hits each. Andrelton Simmons had a home run and 2 RBIs. The Angels improved to 49-46, 10 games behind Houston in fourth place in the AL West.
- Angels are 3-8 in Penas last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 9-4 in their last 13 overall.
- Astros are 9-4 in their last 13 games on grass.
- Astros are 4-1 in Coles last 5 starts vs. American League West.
- Astros are 4-1 in Coles last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record
- Astros are 5-2 in Coles last 7 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Astros are 7-3 in Coles last 10 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Astros. This is a tough spot for the Angels. They have been red hot but they won’t get out of this game with a win. The tragic and untimely death of Tyler Skaggs has been a rallying point for the Angels but he has left a huge void in the rotation. The Angels have tried options like Jose Suarez and Taylor Cole but neither have been great. Not sure who will they pitch Wednesday but whoever it is, they will have a tough time beating the Astros. Plus, the Astros are starting fireballer Gerrit Cole, so they own the pitching match up. The Astros are 4-0 in Coles last 4 starts vs. Angels and 21-8 in the last 29 meetings in Los Angeles.
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. I have a hard time not taking the over here. The Angels have averaged almost 10 runs per game over their last five games so they have been crushing it. Mike Trout has been on a tear, getting his totals up to 30 HRs and 75 RBIs. Plus, the Astros, facing likely a bottom of the barrel Angels starter, will put up a ton of runs. This could be a high-scoring affair. The over is 4-0 in Astros last 4 overall and 4-0 in in their last 4 road games. Also, the over is 4-1 in Angels last 5 overall and 9-4 in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.