Game two of this AL West series sees the Astros (67-50, 32-25 home) and Angels (58-59, 27-31 away) facing off at Minute Maid Park. The starting pitcher for the Astros will be J.P. France, while the Angels are turning to Tyler Anderson. Find out who I like to win in this Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels showdown.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS VS HOUSTON ASTROS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Angels +160
This game will be played at Minute Maid Park at 7:15 ET on Saturday, August 12th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS:
- Houston is on a two game winning streak when the underdog.
- As the favorite on the road, the Angels’ win streak currently stands at two games.
- For the season, the Angels have gone 11-8 with Tyler Anderson on the mound as the starter.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
The Angels will be playing their 117th game of the season today and are 4th in the AL West on a record of 58-59. So far, Los Angeles has won 52.5% of their games at home compared to 46.6% on the road. Against divisional opponents, the Angels are 16-19 and have played a total of 36 series, going 17-17-2.
Tyler Anderson is 5-3 on the season, with an ERA of 4.92 across 20 outings. He has not allowed a home-run in his last three appearances and opponents have a .444 slugging percentage and a .274 batting average against him. As he takes the mound against the Astros, Anderson will look to continue his streak of not giving up any long balls.
Tyler Anderson was dealt the loss in the Angels’ 3-2 defeat to the Mariners after surrendering two runs on two hits in his last appearance.
This season, the Angels are 7th in the league at 4.9 runs per game. Over their last ten games, they have a combined batting average of .222 (20th) leading to 3.7 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.4 walks per game compared to 9 strikeouts. Los Angeles’ on-base percentage of .328 has them 7th in the MLB.
The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani has been a major contributor to the team’s offense this season. He is currently batting .305 with 83 RBIs and 40 home runs. His performance has been a key factor in the team’s success thus far in 2023.
WILL THE HOUSTON ASTROS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
117 games into their season, the Astros are 2nd in the AL West on an overall record of 67-50. Against other teams in the AL West, Houston is 25-13 while their overall series win percent sits at 58%. At home, the Astros are 32-25 and 35-25 on the road.
J.P. France is set to take the mound for Houston, having earned a win in four consecutive games. His ERA stands at 2.75 and his record is France, while his strikeout total for the season has reached 68. Opponents are batting .245 against him, with a slugging percentage of .366 and WHIP of 1.24.
J.P. France earned a victory in his last outing against the Yankees, allowing one run and three hits over six innings as the Astros emerged victorious 9-7.
During their last ten games, Houston is the 11th ranked offense in terms of batting average. In these games, they have hit a combined .251 and are averaging 5.5 runs per game. Across the entire season, the Astros are hitting .250 with an OBP of .323 while averaging 4.9 runs per contest. This figure puts them 9th in the league.
Yordan Alvarez has been a major contributor to the Astros’ offensive success this season, leading the team in home runs with 21 and RBIs with 63. His slugging percentage of .580 is also impressive.