Free MLB Prediction: Angels vs Astros Odds
Major League Baseball betting sees the Los Angeles Angels taking on the Houston Astros on Tuesday September 22nd 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 (76-74) at Houston Astros (80-71)
Date: September 22nd
Time: 8:10 PM
Venue: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
MLB Betting Lines: Los Angeles Angels +150, Houston Astros -160
MLB Betting Total:8.5
Probable Pitchers: Angels LH Hector Santiago (8-9, 3.47 ERA) vs. Astros RH Lance McCullers (5-6, 3.18)
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Houston is the lone team within the race for the 2nd Wild Card that truly controls their own fate.
They started things off on the right foot with a giant series opening win over the Angels on Monday night.
Houston now holds a 2.5, 3.5, and 4.5 game lead on the Twins, Angels, and Indians.
Houston will look to put a little more room between them and the Angels while keeping one eye on the scoreboard as the Indians and Twins get set for a series of their own.
The Angels were picking up some quick steam after taking the first 3 of a 4 game set against Minnesota this past weekend.
However, after dropping the series finale, the Angels took another step back on Monday after falling 6-3 to the Astros. Bats are starting to get a little cold for some key players at the wrong time too.
Mainly, Albert Pujols who is now 2 for 35 over his last 9 games and has just one home run in September.
Trying to get them back on track, Los Angeles will send LH Hector Santiago to the hill.
The left hander is 0-2 in 8 career appearances against the Astros and has dropped 5 of his last 6 decisions. He was knocked around in Minnesota for 5 runs last time out, but was bailed out by the offense for a no decision.
The Astros up and down season continues as they are on the upswing as we speak. They are on of the select teams that control their own fate in both the AL Wild Card and AL West for that matter.
They’ll get their chance at the Rangers coming up, but for now, they have a chance to really deliver the dagger to the Angels in the AL Wild Card race. They hold a 3.5 game lead on them, but will also have an eye on the Indians-Twins series as they lead Minnesota by 2.5 and Cleveland by 4.5.
They’ll send RH Lance McCullers to the mound here on Tuesday. The RH is struggling as he is 0-3 over his last 6.
McCullers had a key loss last time out against the Rangers as he allowed 3 runs in 6.0 innings of work.
He is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 3 starts against the Angels.
MLB Betting Trends:
- Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Angels are 9-21 in their last 30 road games.
- Astros are 12-2 in their last 14 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
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These are the sorts of games that teams will play for the lead and just try to tac on. Small ball and getting runners over and in is the key here as both teams are in a must win spot in terms of the AL West and AL Wild Card.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles 2 – Houston 1
Quality starts from both pitchers results in a low scoring, Angels win.
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