C.J. Wilson (5-5, 3.39 ERA) and Collin McHugh (7-3, 5.04 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (36-35) and the Houston Astros (41-31) at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 4-3 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and can be seen on ROOT-SW, FSN-W and MLB Net.
Wilson is 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, and goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .240 this season. Albert Pujols (.275, 44 Rs, 23 HRs, 47 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. When pitching against the Angels, McHugh is 2-2 with a 2.03 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 30 strikeouts.
Los Angeles is a -122 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -324 and a record as the favorite of 21-17. Los Angeles is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Angels are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.1 hits per game so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +897 and an impressive record of 22-14 as the dog. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 7-3 SU record over the same span. Offensively, the Astros have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 6.5 during that stretch. The Astros have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 233 extra base hits. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 56 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.79 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.18 for the season.
The Angels have a 27-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when McHugh takes the mound. Wilson (LHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 15-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Angels hold a 19-14 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Astros' record in these matchups is 21-15.
For the seventh time this season, the Astros registered at least two errors in a game.
The Astros are 3-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Angels are 1-3 in such matchups.
The Astros managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are heading in with a 7-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 26-9. The Astros have a 28-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 283 this season. Houston ranks fourth with 317 runs.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 196 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 224.
The Angels are 27-18 when they hit at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 33-19 record.