Bullpens have decided the first two games between the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros, sending the AL West rivals to a rubber match on Wednesday’s sports betting card.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – 8:10 p.m. ET at Minute Maid Park
Houston’s relief corps squandered a lead in Monday’s series opener, and the Angels came away with a 5-4 decision as +160 underdogs. Angels relievers nullified a strong outing from Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday, and the Astros scored late for a 5-1 triumph. Both games fell short of the totals, leaving the six matchups in Houston between the clubs this season 3-3 O/U.
Joe Maddon pins the Angels’ hopes of a second-straight series win on the left arm of Andrew Heaney (1-2, 4.11), and Houston skipper Dusty Baker turns to Jose Urquidy (3-2, 3.51) looking for the same outcome. The Astros are carrying light -120 chalk at most of the best online betting sites , with 8½ the magic number for scoreboard bettors.
‘Over’ 5-1 in Heaney’s 6 Starts
After hitting a robust .425 in April, Mike Trout is having a very mortal month of May with a .206 batting average. He’s hitless in this series, and 3-for-21 over his last seven games. The top of the Angels’ batting order – Trout, Ohtani and David Fletcher – are a combined 1-for-24 in the first two games of this set.
Even though Heaney was magnificent on the mound his last time out, the end result was the same for the Angels who dropped their third in a row with the lefty on the bump. Closing as -140 chalk at BookMaker (visit our BookMaker Review) last Thursday at home against the Rays, Heaney held the Tampa Bay lineup scoreless over 6.2 innings while striking out 10. The Rays erupted against Angels relievers for an 8-3 triumph.
It was the same story when Heaney faced the Astros in Houston nearly three weeks ago. He pitched into the seventh with 10 strikeouts and only one run allowed, but the Astros eventually won the contest in extra innings, 5-4. Heaney is 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA over four career starts at Minute Maid Park.
‘Stros 9-7 Vs. Lefty Starters
Houston fans saw something they hadn’t witnessed since 2012 in Tuesday’s tilt: A pitcher hitting for himself. Ohtani went 1-4 on the evening, starting with seven innings of 1-run baseball on the mound before moving to right field. Astros fans would now like to see the lower part of their lineup start producing, especially Kyle Tucker (.203) and Myles Straw (.207) who are barely above the Mendoza Line on the year.
Urquidy climbs the hill in Houston in search if his fourth consecutive winning start. The 25-year-old was scuffling to begin the season, pitching to a 5+ ERA and Houston on the losing end in three of Urquidy’s first four assignments. He has since hit another gear, working seven and allowing two runs in his latest outing against the Toronto Blue Jays last Friday as -140 chalk on the betting odds.
This will be Urquidy’s fifth career appearance versus the Angels, the previous four consisting of three starts and one relief outing. Urquidy is 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA across those 15 innings, and his biggest nemesis in the Anaheim lineup has been David Fletcher (5-7, 1.571 OPS).
Umpire Notes, Roof Report & A Free Pick
Chris Guccione will call balls and strikes for Mark Wegner’s crew in the series finale. Now in his 22nd year working games in the big leagues, Guccione has been at the dish six times in 2021 with four of the games stopping short of the totals, leaving him 19-31-1 O/U/P since the start of the 2018 season. Guccione’s last seven plate assignments at Minute Maid Park went 2-5 O/U.
With most of Texas firmly entrenched in the spring thunderstorm season, the roof has been shut the first two games at Minute Maid. There is a chance of a passing t-storm in the Houston afternoon forecast on Wednesday as well, so we’ll likely see the park buttoned up once again. The rain should be out of the picture by game time with comfortable temps in the low-70s, cloudy skies and a 10-12 mph north breeze (in from right) in case they decide to open it.
Heaney has been on a tough run of late, and the top of the Angels’ batting order is a much better bet to break out before the bottom of Houston’s lineup does. I’m going to run contrary with the current streaks of the starting pitchers, and make my MLB pick on the visitors.
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.