The Houston Astros tied a major league record and defied the MLB picks on Thursday as they won their 10th straight Opening Day game by taking down the Los Angeles Angels 3-1. Despite having a healthy Mike Trout in the lineup and reigning American League MVP Shohei Ohtani on the mound, the Astros still prevailed.
On Friday, the Astros will look to make it back-to-back wins against their AL West rivals while the Angels will try to pick up their first home win.
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Astros Look to Make Statement in AL West
While the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners have significantly improved their ball clubs, the Houston Astros are trying to make an early statement that the AL West still runs through Houston. Having won the division four of the last five seasons, the Astros will try to take the first two games of the series with the rival Angels.
Taking the mound for the Astros is righty Jake Odorizzi. Last season, Odorizzi struggled as he went just 6-7 with a 4.21 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 104.2 innings pitched.
Odorizzi was signed late in spring training last season, and he never really seemed to get comfortable with Houston. With a year under his belt with the Astros and a full spring training, Odorizzi is looking for better results.
Last season, the Astros were the best offensive team in the majors. They ranked first in scoring, averaging 5.34 runs per game. While they only scored three in the opener, they showed their power potential as Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez hit back-to-back home runs to bust the game open.
Healthy Angels Out to Prove They are Contenders
Last season, the Los Angeles Angels struggled to the tune of a 77-85 record, finishing 18 games behind the Astros in the AL West. They struggled with injuries all season as Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon combined to play in just 94 games.
With these two healthy and the addition of a couple of key pieces in the offseason, the Angels are trying for not just a better record but to win the division outright.
Leading the Angels is reigning MVP Shohei Ohtani. Last season, he hit .257/.372/.592 with 46 home runs, 100 RBIs, 103 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. He was relatively quiet Thursday, going 0-for-4, but he is a threat anytime he comes to the plate.The Angels will send 22-year-old Reid Detmers to the bump for Friday’s contest. Detmers pitched in just five games last season, going 1-3 with a 7.40 ERA. He was much better in spring training, though, sporting a 3.18 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
While his results were just mediocre in 2021, the New York Post projected that “… if the left-hander can crack the rotation and settle in this year, he’ll have a chance to make good on his potential.”
Astros vs Angels Head-to-Head
After going 13-6 against the Los Angeles Angels in 2021, the Houston Astros continued their dominance of the Angels on Thursday by taking the opener 3-1 despite being the 1½-run underdog.
Astros vs Angels Game Information
- Game: Astros (1-0) vs Angels (0-1)
- Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
- Day/Time: Friday, April 8th. 9:38 p.m. ET
- Astros vs Angels Live Stream: MLB.tv
Astros vs Angels Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
J. Odorizzi -R
|Los Angeles Angels
R. Detmers -L
Astros vs Angels Prediction
The Astros will send Odorizzi to the mound, and he looks ready to have a great 2022 campaign. Slowly, the Angels’ offense down will, of course, be a large key in this one. Odorizzi does his work, and the Houston bats come to life in a big road win to start the season 2-0 on Friday.