Astros vs. Angels Prediction
The Houston Astros dominated last night's game at the Los Angeles Angels. Can Houston win again tonight to earn a series split?
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Angel Stadium at 9:07PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are a -149 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Angels are a +139 underdog, while the total is set at 10 runs. As of Thursday afternoon, 75 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Brantley, Springer homer in win
Houston picked up an 11-2 victory Wednesday night at Los Angeles to improve to 60-37 overall and 27-23 on the road. The offensive effort was led in part by George Springer as he went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two runs and three RBIs. Michael Brantley ended the game 1-for-3 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs. Jake Marisnick finished the contest 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Gerrit Cole picked up the win as he gave up one earned run on seven hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk over seven innings. Wade Miley gets the start tonight for the Astros as he enters with a 7-4 record, 3.32 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 91 strikeouts over 108 1/3 innings.
Pena hit hard in defeat
One start after throwing the final seven innings in a combined no-hitter, Felix Pena gave up eight earned runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in an 11-2 home loss to Houston. He struck out five and walked one before being pulled. Dustin Garneau paced the Angels offense as he was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton each finished 2-for-4. Matt Harvey draws the start tonight as he comes in with a 3-4 record, 6.88 ERA and 1.49 WHIP with 38 strikeouts over 53 2/3 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 1-4 in their last five Thursday games. Houston is 11-4 in the last 15 Miley starts.
The Angels are 5-1 in their last six games. Los Angeles is 5-1 in its last six home games.
Los Angeles has appeared to lose its momentum and Harvey is the most difficult pitcher to trust in its rotation, especially against a potent offense like the Astros. With the efficient Miley on the mound and Mike Trout perhaps out another day, I'm taking Houston with confidence here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS -149