Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros: MLB Odds Focus & Preview

Astros pitcher Brad Peacock talking to teammate

Kevin Stott

Friday, June 9, 2017 2:21 PM GMT

George Springer and the Astros head home to open up a 3-game AL West series against Albert Pujols and the Mike Trout-less Angels. With Houston having the best overall and Home Records in MLB, is backing Brad Peacock and the hosts the best MLB pick here? Let’s take a look.

L.A. Angels vs Houston Astros  

The Astros return Home to 501 Crawford Street on Friday for Game 1 of a 3-game series to face the Angels in an AL West weekend in the Lone Star State. Sportsbooks have made the Astros -187 favorites with the Total at 8½o -120 and host Houston -1½ +115 on the Run Line. The Astros will send Brad Peacock to the bump against the Halos Matt Shoemaker in this Game 1, Mike Fiers against Ricky Nolasco in Game 2 Saturday (8:15 p.m. ET) with David Paulino scheduled to face Jesse Chavez in Game 3 on Sunday (2:10 p.m. ET).

 

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels and manager Mike Scioscia are without the best player in MLB, CF and 2016 AL MVP Mike Trout (16 HR, .337). The report on his hopeful return from a Thumb injury for Los Angeles varies from around the All-Star Break (optimistic) to early-August (pessimistic). And with this Astros team possessing the best record in MLB and a 13-game lead over the 3rd-place Halos in the AL West, it sure seems LA has to do everything right from here on out just to sniff a Wild Card spot in the Junior Circuit. Against the Tigers in Game 4 on getaway-day Thursday, the Angels (248 RF-266 RA, 18 RD) put out a starting lineup of: SS A Simmons, RF Calhoun, DH Pujols, 3B Escobar, 1B Cron, LF Revere, CF Young Jr., 2B Espinosa, C Graterol with RHP JC Ramirez starting. The Halos (31-32) rolled to an 11-4 win as leadoff man Andrelton Simmons had 3 Hits.

Future MLB Hall of Famer Albert Pujols (above) and LA are 22-46 L68 Road games vs. RHP Starters, 18-41 L59 vs. Starters with WHIPs under 1.15 but 4-0 L4 Shoemaker Starts with 5 Days Rest and 10-4 his L14 Grass Starts. The Over is 5-1-1 L7 Shoemaker Grass Stars while the Under is 35-17-2 L54 Angels Road games vs. RHP Starter.

 

Houston Astros

Jose Altuve and the Astros have the best record in MLB (42-18 into Thursday) for manager AJ Hinch but the team was cooled some by the Royals in Kansas City after W10. One thing this team has done well so far this MLB Regular Season is winning on the road (22-8), despite L2 straight to the Royals heading into Thursday’s Game 4. In that Game 4 on Thursday at KC, Houston (20-10 Home)—which put SP Dallas Keuchel (Neck) on the 10-Day DL Thursday—had a starting lineup of: CF Springer, RF Reddick, 2B Altuve, SS Correa, C McCann, PH Gattis, 1B Gourriel, 3B Bregman LF Aoki with ace RHP Lance McCullers starting.

The Astros are 5-0 L5 vs RHP Starters, 7-8 L8 Fridays, 38-14 L52 overall and 51-26 L77 vs AL West but a scary 0-12 L12 Peacock Starts on 4 Days Rest. The Over is 6-1-3 L10 Astros’ Grass games while the Under is 17-7-3 L27 Game 1’s of Houston series and 8-2 L10 Peacock Starts overall. Houston has been the most profitable team in MLB to date, up to a healthy 18.4 units into Thursday.

 

Houston Weather, Series Trends

TWC forecast for Houston on Friday night is calling for clear skies with a few passing clouds, 10-15 mph SE Winds with a Low of 69°, so perfect for baseball. The projected probables (starters) here are RHP Matt Shoemaker for LA, who has lost to the Astros twice this season but has W4 of his L5 Starts and has held to hard-hitting ‘Stros to a .200 BA although Altuve (.385, 3 HR, 5 RBI) has knocked him around, and RHP Brad Peacock (3-0, 2.30 ERA, 0.96 WHIP).

With the Under is 5-0 L5 in this series and Shoemaker 0-5 his L5 Starts vs. Houston, backing the host Astros (19-7 L26 vs LAA at Home) and the Under (5-1-1 L7 series, 4-0-1 L5 Shoemaker starts vs. Houston) to win equal, moderate amounts seem the best picks in this particular Game 1 (16-5 L21 Game 1’s) spot in H-Town.

 

Predicted Final Score: Astros 5 Angels 3Free MLB Picks: Astros -180  & Under 8½ (+104)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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