Astros Heading Toward 100 Wins
The Houston Astros go for a second straight win when they begin a three-game series against the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Houston took two out of three from the Texas Rangers in their last series and sits atop the American League West standings, leading the second-place Seattle Mariners by 11 games.
Los Angeles had its two-game winning streak snapped with a loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday and is in third place in the AL West, a half-game ahead of the fourth-place Texas Rangers. These teams are very familiar with each other, so to help with your bet online on this one, read our in-depth preview of the series opener.
Angels Trying to Finish Strong
The Los Angeles Angels have started to play better over the last few weeks, winning eight of their last 12 contests. It certainly helps to have hitters like Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout in your lineup, though that’s not always enough.
Ohtani and Trout both homered on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers in a 5-4 loss. Ohtani is batting .267 with 21 doubles, six triples, 33 home runs, 86 RBIs and 79 runs scored in the follow-up to his AL MVP campaign of a season ago.
Trout has battled injuries for much of the season, but he has 32 home runs in his 97 games. Trout is batting .278 with 19 doubles, two triples, 62 RBIs and 68 runs scored.
Right-hander Michael Lorenzen will be on the mound for the series opener for Los Angeles. Lorenzen is making his first start since July 1, having spent the last two months on the injured list with a shoulder injury. Lorenzen is 6-6 with a 4.94 ERA and was shelled by the Houston Astros in his last outing, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits, including three home runs, over three innings.
Astros Snagging Close Wins
The Houston Astros took two out of three from the Texas Rangers in their latest series, but it wasn’t easy, with both victories coming by just a single run. The series finale wasn’t won until the 10th inning, when Houston scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
“That’s what you call an ugly win,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said after Wednesday’s win. “I mean, we’ll take it. A win’s a win. In the big leagues, the hardest thing to do is win. … Right now, we are scratching and clawing for everything we can get.
For the series opener, Houston will have Lance McCullers Jr. making his fifth start of the season. McCullers is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA, striking out 20 in 21⅔ innings of work. He picked up the win against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 2 in his last start, going 5⅔ innings and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking four.
Outfielder Kyle Tucker had a two-run home run in Wednesday’s comeback win. He’s batting .261 with 24 doubles, a triple, 24 home runs, 88 RBIs and 62 runs scored.
Angels vs Astros Head-To-Head
The Houston Astros have already clinched the season series, leading 11-5, though two of the Angels’ wins have come in the last five games. Houston has won the season series in each of the last two seasons, having taken 13 of 19 matchups in 2021.
The Astros have been successful at home against the Angels, going 4-2 this season and 7-3 in 2021. The MLB lines for Friday’s series opener favor Houston to continue that success with a win.
Angels vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Angels (60-77) vs Astros (88-49)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston
- Day/Time: Friday Sept. 9, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Angels vs Astros Live Stream: MLB.tv
Angels vs Astros Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Angels
M. Lorenzen -R
L. McCullers Jr -R
Angels vs Astros Prediction
The Los Angeles Angels have been playing better, but they’re not the same level of club as the Houston Astros. Look for another solid performance from McCullers as the Astros pick up the victory.
When doing your MLB betting, take Houston to win at home.
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