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Astros at Angels 5/16/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 15 May 2018 by Mike
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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels

MLB: 9:40 PM EST

May. 16, 2018

Latest Odds : HOU -131 Total 7.5

Are we ready to have some great fireworks early on in the season? I hope so because the Astros and the Angels are going to be the teams that provide them on Thursday night with the way these two teams have been playing it should be an amazing game between the teams as well. Both of the Angels and the Astros are in a dead heat for the first place spot in the AL West as well and that can really provide some inspiration to the players to do even more.

The Astros pitching is coming into the game with a total of a 2.48 ERA which is ranked best in the majors. The offense has managed to hit at a clip of .255 which is ranked 10th in the majors and the offense has scored a total of 203 runs which is ranked 6th,

The Angels on the other hand are coming into the game with an ERA that sits at 3.81 which is ranked 11th in the majors. The offense for the Angels has managed to hit at an average of .259 which is ranked 8th in the majors. When it comes to getting the runs across the plate the Angels have put in 204 and that is ranked 5th.

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Justin Verlander is the pitcher who is going to the mound for the Astros. So far this year Verlander has been able to start in 9 games with a total of 59.2 innings on the season. He has struck out a total of 77 batters with a 4-2 record. What else is great for Verlander is the fact that he has a 1.21 ERA.

The Angels are going to be sending out Garrett Richards. Richards has not been as successful as Verlander with 8 starts and only 39.2 innings under his belt. He has struck out 49 batters with a 4-1 record and has managed to post a 4.08 ERA.

Recent Betting Trends:

Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 road games vs. a right-handed starter.

Angels are 4-0 in Richards' last 4 starts with 5 days of rest.

Under is 4-1 in Verlanders last 5 road starts.

Under is 5-1 in Angels last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.

Free Betting Pick: Houston Astros -131

The Astros are sending out ace Verlander to the mound. He has had an amazing season so far and has been unstoppable. The Angels are countering with Richards who is not even averaging 5 innings a start. Look for Richards to head out early in this game again as the Astros get to him early and the Angels bullpen struggles to contain the Astros offense. Final Score Prediction, Houston Astros win 7-4.

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