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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Prediction,
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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#973 Houston
Astros -170
#974 Los Angeles
Angels 9

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:07pm

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Game Stats

Houston Astros
G. COLE

59 - 37

9
W's
5
L's
3.23
ERA
1.03
WHIP

Los Angeles Angels
F. PENA

50 - 46

0
W's
1
L's
4.15
ERA
1.15
WHIP

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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.

The Astros offense has been solid. They average 5.2 runs per game, which is 9th in the league. They bat .269 as a team, which is 4th in the Majors, and have a slugging percentage of .472, which is 2nd. They are 6th in homers. Josh Reddick is hitting .291 with 10 HRs and 34 RBIs, while Michael Brantley is hitting .323 with 12 HRs and 49 RBIs. Alex Bregman is hitting .267 with 24 HRs and 59 RBIs while Jose Altuve is hitting .269 with 12 HRs and 39 RBIs. George Springer is batting .306 with 20 HRs and 50 RBIs while Yuli Gurriel is hitting .284 with 16 HRs and 54 RBIs. Also, rookie Yordan Alvarez is hitting .340 with 9 HRs and 29 RBIs.
The Astros pitching has been strong all year. They have a team ERA of 3.94, which is 5th in the Majors. They have a WHIP of 1.15, which is 3rd in the league. Gerrit Cole gets the start for the Astros. The right hander is 9-5 with a 3.23 ERA and 183 strikeouts. He gave up 4 runs in 6 innings his last time out in a no-decision.

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.

The Angels have just been pounding the baseball. They average 5.2 runs per game, which is 8th in the majors. They have raised their team batting average to .261, which is 9th in the MLB. They also have a team slugging percentage of .445, which is 10th in the league. They are 11th in the home runs. Mike Trout did not play Monday due to an injury he suffered Sunday but he is likely to play Wednesday. He leads the team with a batting average of .305 with 30 HRs and 75 RBIs. He’s third in the majors in home runs and 2nd in RBIs. Albert Pujols is batting .242 with 14 HRs and 52 RBIs, while Tommy La Stella is hitting .295 with 16  HRs and 45 RBIs. David Fletcher is batting .300 with 5 HRs and 32 RBIs, while Kole Calhoun is batting .239 with 21 HRs and 49 RBIs. Also, Shohei Ohtani is batting .294 with 14 HRs and 39 RBIs, while Andrelton Simmons is hitting .288 with 5 HRs and 27 RBIs. LaStella is on the 10-day IL.
The Angels pitching has been okay. They have a team ERA of 4.85, which is 21st in the league, and they have a team WHIP of 1.35, which is 17th. The Angels have not yet named a starter.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

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.

Prediction: Houston

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

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.

Prediction: Over

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