Astros vs. Angels Prediction
Who will take the rubber match when the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels meet up again tonight at 9:40PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:40PM ET – Angel Stadium
TV: ATSW; FSW
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -130 to win. Los Angeles is listed with a money line of +120 to prevail. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 7.5 runs. The public betting currently has 72 percent of the wagers going on the Astros on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Astros bounce back
After dropping the series opener on Monday, Houston bounced back with a 5-3 road win on Tuesday. The Astros are now 27-17 overall and 15-7 on the road. Houston is putting up 4.73 runs per game this season while allowing 2.64 per contest.
The Astros send their ace, Justin Verlander, to the mound tonight. He has started nine games this season and has a 4-2 record. He has lost his last two decisions, but more due to a lack of run support. Verlander has pitched 59.2 innings this year and has a 1.21 ERA with a 0.72 WHIP, 77 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Angels still faltering at home
The Angels suffered another loss at home on Tuesday, dropping their third in five games. Los Angeles is now 25-17 on the season and 11-13 at home. Los Angeles is putting up 4.93 runs per game this year while allowing 4.14 per contest.
The Angels will have Garrett Richards on the mound tonight. He is making his eighth start of the year and he is 4-1 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Richards has pitched 39.2 innings and has 49 strikeouts with 20 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros have won seven of Verlander’s last nine road starts and 14 of his last 19 starts overall. Houston has also won 25 of its last 35 against AL West opponents.
Los Angeles has won six of Richards’ last seven starts and the Angels have won 13 of their last 17 division games.
You won’t find Verlander on the mound for the Astros and their odds so close to even often. While Houston has let him down at the plate in recent starts, Verlander is still hard to produce on. Los Angeles has also proven it can’t win consistently at home, so I think Houston has the edge in the matchup tonight.
The Pick: Houston Astros -130