Angels and Astros Deep Into Season Series
Wednesday night will be the seventh meeting between the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros in the 2022 season, and it’s just over two weeks old. The Angels have done an about-face in the standings while the Astros have slid to mid-pack in the AL West. Both teams want that rubber match win to solidify their standing.
Bat Found, Pitching is Next for Ohtani
After a slow start at the plate for Shohei Ohtani, the two-way superstar needs to find his groove on the mound. He has the stuff, which is rarely lacking, but he has yet to find a way to win with it.
The Los Angeles Angels desperately need their ace to find his form and start logging some dominant innings for a team that is struggling with their pitching to open the season.
After a poor outing against the Rangers last week, Ohtani looks to face the Astros for a second time. Although he gave up just one run in his last start against Houston, he did take the loss and will be searching for his first win of the season in the series finale.
Mike Trout has been day to day after being struck in the hand by a ball. The Angels are hopeful that he will be back in the lineup on Wednesday, but it will be a game-time decision for the team.
Trout has struggled with injuries the past couple of years, and the Angels have hurt without him in the lineup. They don’t have the same pomp and circumstance in their lineup when his presence is absent.
Astros Struggle With Consistency
The Houston Astros have struggled with their consistency in the last week, dropping games against opponents who are shaping up to be at the bottom of the MLB in terms of win-loss record in 2022. That doesn’t mean that it’s time to panic, but they need to put together some better streaks and find the consistency that made them the AL Champions in 2021.
Jake Odorizzi will get the ball in the series finale, as he is looking to finally find his groove as well. In his first start of the season against the Angels, he went four innings and surrendered just two earned runs but was then roughed up in his second start against the Mariners. Odorizzi needs to have a good night on Wednesday to help keep the Astros in the game.
Yordan Alvarez has added some power back to the lineup since his return from the IL, and the Astros need it as other big bats in their lineup like Jose Altuve have struggled to get things going so far this season.
Houston is still trying to find their way after losing Carlos Correa in free agency, but once things get clicking, they still have a very powerful offense capable of putting up big numbers.
Angels vs Astros Head-to-Head
Thus far, the Astros have controlled the season series at a 4-2 mark, but the Angels are coming on strong after dropping three of four to the Astros on the opening weekend of 2022.
In an Ohtani vs. Odorizzi matchup, both are looking to find their groove, but Ohtani is due for a big game on the mound while Odorizzi looks to be an inning eater for the Astros and not the ace of the staff.
Angels vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Angels (7-5) vs Astros (6-5)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- Day/Time: Wednesday, April 20th, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Angels vs Astros Live stream: MLB.tv
Angels vs Astros Betting Lines
Angels vs Astros Prediction
Ohtani is primed for a shutdown type of outing on the mound. His stuff has looked good on the mound; he hasn’t been precise.
His first outing against the Astros was quite good, and now that the bats are starting to produce more, he should get help in the run support area to help the MLB lines.
Look for the Angels to claim this game after a dominant start from Ohtani against a scuffling Astros team. Las Vegas odds should favor Ohtani to dominate in this game.
When you bet online, take the moneyline win by the Angels.
Pick Los Angeles Angels -132