Angels and Astros Do Battle In The AL West
The Los Angeles Angels roll into Minute Maid Park Friday night, opposing the Houston Astros in a duel between AL West foes. Earlier this season, the two teams were in the midst of a battle atop the division.
Now, the Angels find themselves under .500, in third place and 12½ games behind the ‘Stros. Houston has a comfy 11½-game lead over the second-place Texas Rangers, with a chance to open more daylight in the division.
Angels Finish June with Series Win
The Los Angeles Angels managed to finish the month of June with a series win over the Chicago White Sox. Wednesday night’s 4-1 victory in the rubber game continued the team’s about-.500 trend under interim manager Phil Nevin.
Trying to reel in the Astros realistically isn’t happening. There’s still the wild-card race, however.
LA’s problems stem from lapses in consistency. When there”s good pitching, offense suffers, and vice versa. It’s a solid test to begin the month against one of the elite MLB teams.
Stars such as Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout are capable of carrying the team. They will need some help. Anthony Rendon is out the rest of the season with an injured wrist. LA has mixed younger players from the minors, though the results are to-be-determined at this point.
Righthander Michael Lorenzen, 6-5 with a 4.24 ERA, makes his 13th start (appearance) Friday night, looking to turn it around. He was drilled in the last couple-both losses-having surrendered nine (earned) runs and 11 hits (seven walks) in eight innings on the mound. Lorenzen lost in Houston earlier this season, an ineffective outing,
Astros Hot Against the Best of the MLB
The Houston Astros had played New York teams exclusively in the past nine, going 7-2 in that span, Excepting Thursday’s 2-1 home win over the Yankees, all other games were in New York City.
In that time, the starting pitchers for the Astros posted a 1.52 ERA, throwing a combined no-hitter against the Yankees last Saturday while also shutting down the Mets. Justin Verlander collected his MLB-leading 10th win of the season during that pillaging of Gotham. Houston is firing on all cylinders as of now, primed and ready to go
Right Cristian Javier is making his 15th appearance (11th startt) of the season, winning his last two. Torres was the starter in the combined no-hitter against the Yankees last Saturday. How about seven innings and 13 strikeouts? Javier has surrendered one (earned) run in a dozen innings over his last couple, more than one run just twice in any of his seasonal starts.
Angels vs Astros Head-to-Head
This will be the third series of the season between the two teams. So far, the Astros hold a 4-3 lead in the series (road teams are 5-2 thus far).
Angels vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Angels (37-41) Astros (48-27)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- Day/Time: Monday, July 1, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Angels vs Astros Live Stream: MLB.TV
Angels vs Astros Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Angels |
M. Lorenzen -R
|+1½ -150||+143||8 -110o||3½ -115o |
|Houston Astros |
C. Javier -R
|-1½ +130||-158||8 -110u||4½ -105o |
Angels vs Astros Prediction
The MLB lines favor of the Astros at -158, as they should. Astros starter Christian Javier is coming off tht combined to no-hit against the Yankees in New York last Saturday.
Sportsbooks are favoring the Astros to cover the runline at +130 as well. Choosing the Astros to win would be a smart move here.
Pick: Houston Astros -158
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.