Hector Santiago (4-4, 2.77 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (35-35) square off against Brett Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.73 ERA) and the Houston Astros (41-30) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 22 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-W.
Santiago is 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 27 strikeouts against the Astros. Mike Trout (.304, 52 Rs, 18 HRs, 41 RBIs, 8 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Against the Angels, Oberholtzer is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts. George Springer (.284, 38 Rs, 12 HRs, 26 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -124 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -223 and a record as the favorite of 21-17. Los Angeles is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games.
In the other locker room, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +793 and an impressive record of 21-14 as the dog. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 14-5 record against AL West rivals, and a 20-14 record SU. 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 6.0 during that stretch. The Astros have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 230 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 3.84 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.17 for the season.
The Astros lead the season series, 4-3. The Angels have an 8-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Oberholtzer takes the mound. Santiago (LHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 14-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Angels are 18-14 against their divisional rivals, while the Astros are 21-14 against their division.
When the Astros play into extra innings, they have a 3-2 record. The Angels are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Astros managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are heading in with a 3-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 25-9. The Astros have a 28-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 279 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fifth with 314.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 191 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 222.
The Angels are 26-18 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Astros are 33-18 when they hit at least one homer.