Free MLB Prediction: Angels vs Astros
Major League Baseball betting sees the Los Angeles Angels taking on the Houston Astros on Monday September 21 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
Los Angeles Angels (76-73) vs. Houston Astros (79-71)
Date: Monday September 21
Time: 8:10 PM
Venue: Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX
MLB Betting Lines: Houston -192, Los Angeles +176
MLB Betting Total: 8
Probable Pitchers: Angels RH Jered Weaver (7-11, 4.74 ERA) vs. Astros LH Dallas Keuchel (17-8, 2.56)
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With just a couple of weeks to go it is still really hard to figure out who is going to make the playoffs in the AL West.
Both of these teams still have a shot if they can get hot of taking the division.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels are tied with Minnesota in the AL standings but really they have their sights further south on the teams in Texas.
This is the first of seven games remaining against Houston and Texas and if they can get on a run they can all be meaningful.
You would think with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols leading the way this would be a good offensive team but they are in the bottom third in runs scored in the league.
They need someone other than those two to get hot down the stretch because it is too easy to pitch around them in a lot of situations and other teams have no fear of others.
I have been ragging on Jered Weaver all season long but he has been decent in his last three outings.
One of those was against Houston and if you look over the course of the season he has pitched well against them, including his only shutout of the year. I wonder if their hitters just get a little too anxious against his slop.
Weaver scares me but at the current price he might be worth a look. The numbers of late and against the opponent speak for themselves.
The Astros stopped their slide by taking Saturday and Sunday games against Oakland. They have some work cut out for them if they want to retake the division from Texas but they are currently in that second Wild Card spot and deliver a death blow to the Angels in this series.
It would be a shame if they fell all the way out given the season they have had to this point.
Not helping matters is the fact that they will be missing Carlos Gomez. He has not been lighting it up since joining the club but he is talented and fiery.
In a huge start last week Dallas Keuchel fell apart against the Texas Rangers. Some say it might have cost him the Cy Young Award.
He has a chance to confirm his place among the AL elite by getting the Astros a W in this important series opener.
He has faced the Angels three times this season and the team has a 2-1 record in those games.
Ironically the one game he lost was the one where he gave up 0ER earlier this month. His home numbers are wonderful this season: 13-0, 1.49 ERA.
MLB Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-1 in LAA last 8 Mon. games.
- Over is 7-3-2 in LAA last 12 road games.
- LAA are 9-20 in their last 29 road games.
- HOU are 1-7 in their last 8 games following a win.
- Over is 5-1-2 in HOU last 8 Mon. games.
- HOU are 42-16 in their last 58 home games.
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Keuchel has been consistent all year long so I am going to back the rebound. There is just not much to be made on it.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: Houston 7 – Los Angeles 3
Fading Weaver is also a favourite of mine too.
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