Angels vs. Astros Prediction
Can the Houston Astros grab another victory in the AL West when they host the Los Angeles Angels tonight at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, August 31, 2018
8:10PM ET – Minute Maid Park
TV: ATSW; FSW
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Houston is the favorite at home, as the Astros are getting odds of -200 to win. The Angels are listed with a money line of +175 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 69 percent going on Houston at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Angels take the opener
Los Angeles upset the Astros in Houston on Thursday to open this series. The Angels have won two of their last three games. Los Angeles is 65-69 overall and 34-34 at home. The Angels are scoring 4.55 runs per game this season while allowing 4.36 per contest.
Jaime Barria is getting the start for the Angels tonight. He is 8-8 through 20 starts with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Barria has pitched a total of 100.2 innings on the year and has 77 strikeouts with 29 walks.
Astros fall at home
The Houston Astros suffered their second loss in three games on Thursday. They still hold a 2.5-game lead in the AL West on the field. Houston is now 82-52 overall and 35-31 at home. Houston is putting up 4.97 runs per game this year and allowing 3.34 per contest.
Houston is turning the ball over to Framber Valdez tonight. He has started one game this year and appeared in one other. Valdez carries a 2-0 record with seven strikeouts and four walks over 9.1 innings. He has a 0.96 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP.
MLB Betting Trends
The Angels are just 2-8 in their last 10 against AL West opponents and 4-9 in Barria’s last 13 starts.
The Astros have won four of their last five games after a loss and they have won seven of their last nine division games.
Barria hasn’t been outstanding against Houston this year, posting a 4.50 ERA through two starts. Valdez has looked pretty good in his limited action this year and he has a great bullpen behind him. I don’t see the Angels being able to put up runs consistently on Astros and Houston’s bats should wake up against Barria. I don’t see Houston being in a funk for long.
The Pick: Houston Astros -200