The MLB is back on Thursday evening as the Los Angeles Angels will face Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas in game one of a four-game set. The Angel will start this game with Andrew Heaney and the Astros will give the nod to with Justin Verlander.
Los Angeles Angels Form
The Los Angeles Angels are not having a good season this year. They were not able to capitalize on their strong start of the season. The Angels have lost nine of their last 11 games. It seems that their offence is not up to the task this year and they will need to improve in the next games. The Halos have averaged 4.60 runs per game and have allowed 4.25 runs per game on the road this season.
Andrew Heaney will get the nod for the Angels in this game. His record against the Astros stands at 2-1 with a 2.32 ERA in five starts.
On the offensive side of the game, the Angels have been average this season as they are placed on the 13th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.55 runs per game. Los Angeles is on the 16th spot in hitting at .247 and 6th spot in homers with 175. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they are placed on the 16th place in the league in ERA at 4.10, while also being 17th in WHIP at 1.32 and on the 12th spot in K’s with 1146.
Houston Astros Form
The Astros are one of the best teams in the American League West this season. However, they are facing a swift competition from the Oakland Athletics. They will head into this game with the aim to get back to winning ways after the 4-3 loss from the Athletics.
Justin Verlander will get the nod for the Astros and his record against the Halos stands at 12-8 with a 3.05 ERA in 23 starts.
On the offensive side of the game, the Astros have been very good as they are placed on the 4th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.99 runs per game, while also being on the 6th spot in hitting at .257 and 8th place in homers with a total 171. On the mound, they have been very strong so far as they are placed on the 1st in the league in ERA at 3.12, while also being 1st in WHIP at 1.08 and 1st again in K’s with 1378.
The Astros need to keep winning in order to keep the pace with the Athletics. Also, after the latest loss, they need to bounce back as they aim to finish at the top in their division. They are in a solid team and their offence has been good lately. On the other side, the Angels are struggling a bit lately and I expect another routine win for the Astros. Take Houston in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros 08/30/2018
is: Take the Houston Astros -245 (money line)
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