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|LOS ANGELES ANGELS||HOUSTON ASTROS|
|7-9, 3rd in American League West||April 20, 2:10 PM | Grass of Minute Maid Park||10-5, 1st in American League West|
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Matt Shoemaker (0-0, 6.14 ERA) vs. Astros RH Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 4.67)
|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|Los Angeles Angels [M. Shoemaker -R]||+1½ -145||+148||Ov 7½ -110|
|Houston Astros [L. McCullers -R]||-1½ +125||-158||Un 7½ -110|
Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Thursday when the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros meet at Minute Maid Park.
Right hander Matt Shoemaker will take the mound for the Angels to start this game. Shoemaker is 0-0 this season with a 6.14 ERA.
Shoemaker’s opponent in this one will be Lance McCullers Jr.. The Astros right hander has a 4.67 ERA to go along with a 1-0 record this season.
Shoemaker is looking for his first win and will attempt to complete six innings for the first time on the young season after failing to factor in the decision in each of his first three turns. The Michigan native was bailed out by his offense after a tough start against Seattle on April 9 but rebounded to strike out seven and allow two runs in 5 1/3 innings at Kansas City on Saturday. Shoemaker had a hard time getting support in four starts versus Houston last season, posting a 1-2 record despite posting a 2.22 ERA.
McCullers turned in two straight quality starts to begin the campaign but fell off at Oakland on Friday, when he was reached for five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Florida native is racking up strikeouts with 23 in 17 1/3 innings while issuing only three walks. McCullers is 2-1 with a 2.09 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 38 2/3 career frames against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels‘ offensive breakout lasted only one game as Dallas Keuchel made sure their bats stayed silent on Wednesday. The Angels will try to muster some offense against Lance McCullers Jr. and earn a split of the four-game series when they visit the Houston Astros for the finale on Thursday afternoon.
Los Angeles failed to score more than three runs in a contest during a six-game slide before breaking out briefly in Tuesday’s 5-2 triumph, which featured a three-run homer by Albert Pujols. But Pujols went quiet on Wednesday, wasting two-hit efforts from the two players in front of him in the lineup – Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout – by going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts as the Angels went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the 5-1 setback. The Astros are winners of six of their last seven and watched Josh Reddick fall a single shy of the cycle on Wednesday. Reddick and the rest of Houston’s lineup will take their hacks against Los Angeles’ Matt Shoemaker on Thursday.
Team record: 7-9 SU
LA Angels is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
LA Angels is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels’s last 5 games
Team record: 10-5 SU
Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Los Angeles home to Toronto Friday, April 21
Houston at Tampa Bay Friday, April 21
1. Astros SS Carlos Correa (bruised right hand) sat out the last three games but expects to return Thursday.
2. Los Angeles optioned C Carlos Perez to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday and recalled C Juan Graterol.
3. Houston 2B Jose Altuve is 13-for-26 over his last seven games.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
|LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|Cam Bedrosian||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Andrew Heaney||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Cory Rasmus||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Garrett Richards||P||60-Day Disabled List|
|C.J. Wilson||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Nick Tropeano||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Huston Street||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Shane Robinson||OF||15-Day Disabled List|
|Geovany Soto||C||15-Day Disabled List|
|Yunel Escobar||3B||7-Day Disabled List|
|Lance McCullers||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Colby Rasmus||OF||15-Day Disabled List|
|Luis Valbuena||3B||15-Day Disabled List|
|Tucker Preston||OF||15-Day Disabled List|
|LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels’s last 5 games|
|LA Angels are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels’s last 5 games on the road|
|LA Angels are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Angels’s last 7 games when playing Houston|
|LA Angels are 6-15 SU in their last 21 games when playing Houston|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|LA Angels are 7-18 SU in their last 25 games when playing on the road against Houston|
|Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games when playing LA Angels|
|Houston is 15-6 SU in their last 21 games when playing LA Angels|
|Houston is 18-7 SU in their last 25 games when playing at home against LA Angels|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing at home against LA Angels|
|LA Angels’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense||3.5||12||3.6||5|
|LA Angels’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense||2.4||15||3.0||3|
|LA Angels’s Road ERA vs Houston’s Home ERA Allowed||3.9||3||3.0||13|
|Houston’s Overall Scoring vs LA Angels’s Overall Defense||4.3||7||4.4||10|
|Houston’s Home Scoring vs LA Angels’s Road Defense||3.1||13||3.6||3|
|Houston’s Home ERA vs LA Angels’s Road ERA Allowed||2.6||3||2.3||15|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Angels are third in the league in hits at 9.1 per game.|
|Angels allow the third most hits in the league at 9.1 per game.|
|Angels are the third worst in base on balls allowed, allowing 3.3 per game.|
|Astros are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.|
|Astros trail the league in hits with 8.1 per game.|
|Astros strike out more than any team in the league with 9.5 per game.|
|Astros are the easiest team to score on in the league, giving up 5.2 runs per game.|
|Astros are second worst in the league in giving up hits, allowing 9.4 per game.|
|Astros give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.8 per game.|
|Astros strike out the second least opponents in the league with 6.7 per game.|