Aces Duel in Game 2 of AL West Matchup
The Los Angeles Angels will continue a four-game series against the Houston Astros on Thursday. Both teams are trying to move up the American League West standings. The best starters for each pitching staff will get the start in the second game of the series, affecting MLB lines.
The Astros won Game 1 of this series 5-2, with Alex Bregman and José Abreu having two RBIs each. Houston’s bullpen did a great job holding the lead, allowing five base runners in 3.2 scoreless innings.
Angels’ Offense Getting Hot
It is no secret that the Angels might have two of the top players in the league in Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. When both of them are playing well, the Angels are a much better team, changing MLB odds.
Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout combined to hit 3 homers, drive in 6 runs, and score 5 as the Angels beat the White Sox, 12-5. pic.twitter.com/0tP4UoH2q8
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) May 31, 2023
In the game to win the series against the Chicago White Sox, the Angels’ two stars headlined MLB news for an impressive display. They combined for three homers and six RBIs for a 12-5 win. If that play continues, it will be hard to beat Los Angeles.
Astros Pushing for Division Lead
Most sportsbooks had the Houston Astros being the likely division winners, coming off a season where they dominated and won the World Series. However, an injury to Jose Altuve may have slowed Houston down a little. Now that Altuve is back, the Astros are 8-2 when he plays despite only winning two of the last four series since his return. There is one issue with those series wins – the Astros twice swept the Oakland Athletics, the worst team in baseball.
Houston is only 2½ games back of first place in the division and could use this series to close the gap.
Shohei Ohtani (5-1, 2.91 ERA) vs Framber Valdez (5-4, 2.38)
The two best pitchers in each team’s rotation are taking the mound, which will affect the MLB spreads. Ohtani is coming off a start where he pitched six innings, allowing one run and striking out 10. His last two starts have been welcome sights for Los Angeles. He struggled in his first three outings of May, giving up six homers and 12 runs.
Houston will have Framber Valdez, who has been consistently dominant this season. He rebounded from his worst start by winning his last two outings, giving up one run in 15 innings. In May, Valdez finished with a 2.18 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33 innings over his five starts.
Angels vs Astros Head-to-Head
The Angels and Astros have already played one series in Los Angeles. Houston won the series’ final two games, with both hitting the under.
Angels vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Angels (30-28) vs Astros (33-23)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- Day/Time: Friday, June 2, 8:10 p.m. EST
- Angels vs Astros Live stream: MLB.tv
Angels vs Astros Betting Lines
While both teams have star-studded lineups, the starting pitching might be able to balance that out. That makes taking the under for this game a possible good bet. The one thing to be scared of is if the stars of each team can get to the starters early.
Pick: Under 7½ -110
The Angels have their two stars, but after that, the batting order does have a drop-off in talent. The Astros are the much more balanced team, giving them a good chance of winning this game and being decent for MLB picks.
Pick: Astros -129