Astros at Angels Prediction
The Houston Astros have lost their last two games as the lead in the AL West standings has shrunk to 4.5 games. Can the Los Angeles Angels send Houston to another defeat tonight?
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Angel Stadium at 10:07PM ET
TV: MLB Network
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are a -174 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Angels are a +164 underdog, while the total is set at 9 runs. As of Wednesday afternoon, 73 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
White drives in two in defeat
Houston fell by a count of 7-2 at Los Angeles as it dropped to 59-37 overall and 26-23 on the road. Tyler White led the Astros offense as he finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Hector Rondon took the loss as he surrendered six earned runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk over two-thirds of an inning. Gerrit Cole draws the start today as he enters with a 9-5 record, 3.23 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 183 strikeouts over 122 1/3 innings.
Six-run first inning propels Angels
Los Angeles scored six runs in the first inning Tuesday night at home in a 7-2 victory over Houston. Albert Pujols helped lead the Angels offense as he ended the contest 1-for-4 with a double, a run and three RBIs. Luis Rengifo went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Shohei Ohtani finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Brian Goodwin finished 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Noe Ramirez picked up the win in relief as he allowed one hit with one strikeout and one walk over 1 1/3 innings. Felix Pena gets the start tonight for LA as he comes in with a 7-2 record, 4.32 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 86 strikeouts over 81 1/3 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 41-16 in their last 57 games versus the AL West. Houston is 1-6 in its last seven Wednesday games.
The Angels are 5-0 in their last five games versus the AL West. Los Angeles is 4-1 in the last five Pena home starts.
Los Angeles has been on a roll and now Pena gets his first start since pitching the final seven innings of the combined no-hitter against Seattle. While a matchup against Cole is tough and Mike Trout is questionable, I'm intrigued with taking a hot team behind a hot pitcher at home as a big underdog. I'm taking a shot at the Angels continuing their win streak here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES ANGELS +164