Astros vs. Angels Offers Great Dog Value for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, September 12, 2014 2:06 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 2:06 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Angels are the hottest team in Major League Baseball, but their scheduled starting pitcher has really struggled against the Houston Astros in 2014. Could we be in a great sport to pick up the dog with our MLB picks tonight?

Playing Solid Baseball
Houston has captured eight of its last 10 games, including a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners as +219 road underdogs Wednesday, while the UNDER is on a 8-1-1 run.

Since Aug. 19, the Astros are in a stretch of playing 27 of 31 contests against playoff contending teams, which can’t be ignored when looking over the MLB betting odds Friday night.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 8-9 as MLB odds dogs of +175 to +200 when playing away from Minute Maid Park, with the UNDER going 10-7 in that situation.


Red Hot
Los Angeles returns home riding a season-high eight-game win streak, with the club outscoring opponents by an average of 5.1 runs over that span, which has led directly to a 10-game advantage over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West standings.

The Angels own a 10-6 lead over the Astros in the 2014 season series, which is important to consider when making your sports picks, but it did drop its last two games in the Lone Star State on Sept. 2-3.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a dominating 13-4 as home favorites of -200 to -225, with the UNDER going 9-8 in those 17 opportunities.


Astros starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (5-10, 4.38 ERA) snapped a personal three-game losing streak in tallying a 4-3 road victory over the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he allowed three runs and seven hits over 6.1 innings of work.

The left-hander is 2-5 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 road games—surrendering just three home runs in 61.2 combined frames.

In three lifetime efforts against the Halos, Oberholtzer has compiled a 1-2 record and 5.89 ERA.


Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (11-9, 4.64 ERA) picked up a 14-4 road victory over the Minnesota Twins last time out, as he surrendered three runs and four hits over 6.1 frames.

The left-hander is 7-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 13 home games—issuing 30 walks and striking out 66 batters in 82.1 combined innings.  

Wilson has allowed the Astros to hit .447 against him in his last three starts in the series, while Houston outfielder Cris Carter has gone 9 for 24 with two home runs in their matchups.


I’m going to recommend that readers back the Astros as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won their last six games versus starting pitchers with a WHIP or 1.30 or higher.

Free MLB Pick:  Houston Astros

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