Angels vs. Astros Prediction
A busy weekend in sports will conclude on Sunday night when the Houston Astros play host to the Los Angeles Angels in a featured MLB contest at 8:05PM ET.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, September 2, 2018
8:00PM ET – Minute Maid Park
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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 -185 to win. The Angels are listed with a money line of +165 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 7.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 70 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 unable to get sweep
Los Angeles won the first two games in this series, but suffered a 7-3 loss on Saturday to the Astros. Los Angeles is 66-70 overall and 32-36 on the road. The Angels are scoring 4.53 runs per game this season while allowing 4.35 per contest.
Shohei Ohtani makes the start for the Angels tonight. This will be his first start since June 6 due to a lingering arm injury. He has been able to hit, but hasn’t been pitching. This year, Ohtani is 4-1 on the mound with a 3.10 ERA. He has 61 strikeouts and 20 walks through 49.1 innings of pitching.
Astros hope to earn split
The Houston Astros got on the board in this series on Saturday with the 7-3 victory. They can earn a split in the 4-game series tonight. Houston is now 83-53 overall and 36-32 at home. Houston is putting up 4.95 runs per game this year and allowing 3.34 per contest.
Gerrit Cole makes the start for the Astros on Sunday. He is 12-5 through 27 starts this year and has a 2.85 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP. Cole has pitched a total of 170.2 innings this year and has 234 strikeouts with 54 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Angels are just 6-20 in their last 26 road games against a team with a winning home record, but they have won five of Ohtani’s last six starts.
The Astros have won eight of Cole’s last 10 home starts and 19 of his last 27 starts overall.
I would expect the Angels to be cautious with Ohtani today. They won’t want to risk any serious injury to his arm. So, even if he looks well, I wouldn’t expect him to stay on the mound for very long. Cole is someone that can get deep into the game with good results, especially at home. I don’t see the Angels being able to produce the runs that Houston will be able to once Ohtani leaves the mound.
The Pick: Houston Astros -185