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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Prediction,
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and Odds - 7-18-2019

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#923 Houston
Astros -135
#924 Los Angeles
Angels 10

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 9:07pm

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Game Stats

Houston Astros
W. MILEY

60 - 37

7
W's
4
L's
3.32
ERA
1.14
WHIP

Los Angeles Angels
M. HARVEY

50 - 47

3
W's
4
L's
6.88
ERA
1.49
WHIP

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The Los Angeles Angels will be looking for another home win as they host the Houston Astros this Thursday. The Angels are currently 50-47 after losing to the Astros in their last game. Meanwhile, the Astros are 60-37 after beating the Angels in their last game. Although the Angels won the first two games of this series, the Astros will have a chance to tie the series at two games apiece if they are able to escape with a victory.

Bregman Looks To Carry Houston To Another Road Win

The Houston Astros have won 60 of their first 97 games. In addition, the team is comfortably in first place in the AL West division as the team is still looking like the playoff contender that people expected before the season started. The main reason for the team’s success has been its consistency regardless of where the games are played. The Astros have gone 27-23 on the road so far this season and are entering this game off of a blowout victory against the Angels on the road.  Now, the Astros will turn to Wade Miley as the starting pitcher for this contest. Despite not receiving much hype when the Astros acquired him, he has remained one of the best-kept secrets on the mound this season with a 7-4 record and a 3.32 ERA.

The Houston Astros are led by third baseman Alex Bregman who was solid last season. Last season, Bregman hit 31 home runs along with 103 RBIs. However, Bregman has looked great this season as well as he currently has a .266 batting average along with 24 home runs and 59 RBIs. However, the statistics cannot even come close to expressing how valuable Bregman has been to the team as key contributors around him have continued to get injured. His stability in the middle of the lineup has kept the Astros in first place in the AL West division. In addition, he actually got the scoring underway yesterday as he had an RBI double in the first inning.

Angels Look For Another Home Win

The Los Angeles Angels have won 50 of their first 97 games. In addition, the team has won five of its last six games despite losing to the Astros yesterday. Now, the Angels will turn to Matt Harvey as the starting pitcher for this contest. He has been awful this season with a 6.88 ERA along with a 3-4 record. The Angels have struggled with their starting pitching this season as the team currently has the sixth-highest ERA for starting pitchers in the league. Harvey has been a big reason why that is the case as he currently has the sixth-highest earned run average of American League starters having pitched at least 50 innings.

The Los Angeles Angels are led by outfielder Mike Trout who has been tremendous over the last few seasons. Last season, Trout hit 39 home runs along with 79 RBIs as he was an MVP candidate for the majority of the season. However, Trout is also a magician in the field as he has made tons of dazzling plays in the outfield since he came into the league. So far this season,  he has looked even better as he has a .305 batting average along with 30 home runs and 75 RBIs. Trout is currently the favorite to win the AL MVP and is on pace to become one of the best players ever. However, he has not played in each of the team’s last three games and is questionable for this one.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Although this game is in Los Angeles, I can see the Astros winning extremely easily on Thursday. Harvey is one of the worst pitchers in the league and he will now have to face a Houston offense that went berserk yesterday. Meanwhile, Miley has been an ace this season and is also 6-3 in night games so I can see Miley pitching well in this one. Furthermore, Trout has been absent for the last few games for the Angels and no one truly knows if he will suit up for this one. Give me the Astros as a result.

Prediction: Houston Astros

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With Matt Harvey on the mound, I have to lean to the over. Besides being a below average pitcher, he has been even worse at home as he has a whopping 8.91 ERA in home games this season. Plus, the Angels had to use a decent number of bullpen pitchers yesterday due to the blowout loss so I can see Harvey getting an unusually long leash for this game which should yield more runs. I expect Houston to score at least seven runs in this game so the final score should be over the posted total.

Prediction: Over

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