Angels vs. Astros Prediction
The host Houston Astros have put double digits on the scoreboard in the first two games of their series against the Los Angeles Angels. Will Houston notch another victory today to finish off the sweep?
973 Los Angeles Angels at 974 Houston Astros
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Minute Maid Park at 2:10PM ET
TV: ATT SportsNet SW (HOU)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Astros are a -201 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Angels are a +186 underdog, while the over-under is set at 8 runs. As of Sunday morning, 71 percent of public bets are coming in on host Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Altuve, Gurriel help power Astros
George Springer was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run and two RBIs from the leadoff spot in last night's 10-5 home win over Los Angeles. Jose Altuve finished the contest 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Alex Bregman went 1-for-3 with a walk. Yuli Gurriel ended the contest 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Josh Reddick was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run. Evan Gattis finished 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Colin McHugh threw two-thirds of an inning of spotless baseball to get the win. Justin Verlander started and threw six one-hit shutout innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks for a no-decision.
Trout homers in defeat
Mike Trout was 1-for-4 with a 3-run home run in yesterday's loss at Houston. Justin Upton was 2-for-3 and drew a walk. Andrelton Simmons ended the game 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ty Buttrey was hammered in relief as he gave up five runs (four earned with a walk without recording an out to take the loss.
Tyler Skaggs (8-8, 3.69 ERA) starts today for the Angels, while Charlie Morton (15-3, 3.15) will be on the mound for Houston.
MLB Betting Trends
The Angels are 2-6 in their last eight Sunday games. Los Angeles is 9-4 in Skaggs' last 13 road starts.
The Astros are 22-7 in their last 29 games overall. Houston is 10-3 in its last 13 home games.
Skaggs will be making his second start off the DL and he threw three no-hit innings at Oakland on Tuesday. He'll get a longer leash on his pitch count today, but I don't trust the Angels bullpen once he departs. Morton has filthy stuff and can be near unhittable when he is on, although walks can occasionally be an issue. I think he'll be too tough on LA today as there aren't any scary bats in the offense after Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Upton.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS -201