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Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros,
9-21-2018 - Pick and Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#975 Los Angeles
Angels 8
#976 Houston
Astros -220

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8:10pm

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Game Stats

Los Angeles Angels

75 - 78


Houston Astros

95 - 57


Featured Video from Scott Reichel

The Los Angeles Angels continue their road trip, heading to Texas to take on the Houston Astros. Houston is still holding on to first in the AL West. They’re up by four games on Oakland and can’t afford to drop home games to a team with a losing record like the Angels.

The Angels will send left hander Andrew Heaney (9-9) with a 3.97 ERA to the mound. While the Astros will go with right-hander Gerrit Cole (14-5) 2.88 ERA. Cole has been great this season and should give the Angels all kinds of trouble in this one.

Angels Continue Their Road Trip

The Angels are continuing their road trip here in game one of the series against the Astros.

The Angels currently trail the season series six games to ten and have won just two of the last seven meetings against Houston.

Starter Andrew Heaney was able to win his last game against Houston 5-2. Heaney went six innings in that one and did not give up a run. They’ll need a similar performance if they’re going to win this game.

Justin Upton and Mike Trout will need to lead the team as usual. Upton is the team leader in RBI 84 and Trout in batting average .317 and home runs 35.

Houston Still in Control in the AL West

The Astros are still holding on to first place in the American League West. They are four games ahead of the Oakland Athletics and cannot afford to drop any games at home to a team below .500 like the Angels.

Houston has to feel good about the fact that they’re sending starting pitcher Gerrit Cole to the bump. Cole has been great all season, and the team has been on fire in his last four starts, winning each of them. Cole is currently second in the American League in strikeouts with 260 and third in win percentage at .737.

The team has also provided Cole with pretty solid run support lately. They’ve scored a minimum of four runs in each of his last seven starts. If they can provide Cole with similar run support, the Astros should be in good shape for this one.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

There is just no way I can go against Houston in this one. They’ve own the Angels lately going 5-2 against them over the last seven meetings. But there are a few other trends that support this pick.

One is that Houston has just been way too good with Gerrit Cole on the mound going 22-8 over his last 30 starts. The team is also 5-0 in their last five games against teams with losing records.

The Angels are just 6-20 in their last 26 on the road against teams with winning records. The play here is Houston.

Prediction: Houston -215

Full-Game Total Pick

Looking at the total I’m leaning towards the under and there are some strong trends on both sides supporting it.

The under is 6-0 over the Angels last 6 against starters with a WHIP of less than 1.15.

The under is 6-2 in the Astros last 8 at home against a team with losing records. The under is 8-3 in Cole’s last 11 starts and the under is 33-16-2 in Houston’s last 51 during game 1 of a series.

Prediction: Under 8


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