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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.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 18, 2019
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
Since June 18th, Luis Rengifo is hitting .342 (26-for-76). pic.twitter.com/muiWPy2Zgu
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 17, 2019
- Angels are 0-4 in Harvey’s last 4 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Angels are 1-4 in Harvey’s last 5 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 5-0 in Miley’s last 5 starts vs. American League West.
- Astros are 8-2 in Miley’s last 10 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
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
Full-Game Total Pick
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.