MLB Picks: Astros vs. Angels 1st 5 Innings Betting Analysis

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 16, 2013 3:15 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 3:15 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Angels will be at an early disadvantage Friday, as they open up a three-game series with the Houston Astros after traveling back from the East Coast.

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Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League East matchup at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Finally

Houston earned its first series victory in over two months by taking two of three games from the Oakland Athletics, but it did suffer a 5-0 setback as +228 road underdogs Thursday.

The Astros are 3-2 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 in the MLB betting odds, with the ‘Under’ going 3-2 in that situation.

Returning home

Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak by picking up an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees as +102 road underdogs yesterday afternoon, while climbing ‘Over’ the betting total for the fifth time in six affairs.

The Angels are 3-5 as home favorites of -150 to -175 this season - going above the number in five of those opportunities.

Peacock

Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock (1-4, 6.43 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 home defeat to the Texas Rangers last time out, as he allowed one run and three hits over six frames.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA in eight road appearances (four starts), with opposing hitters batting .245 against him.

Williams

Angels starting pitcher Jerome Williams (5-8, 4.85 ERA) has watched the club drop his last six trips to the mound, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 6-5 road defeat to the Cleveland Indians last time out, as he surrendered four runs and four hits over 5.2 innings of work.

The right-hander is 2-6 with a 5.37 ERA in 15 home appearances (nine starts), issuing 23 walks and striking out 40 batters in 58.2 combined frames.

In six lifetime outings versus the Astros, Williams has compiled a losing 1-3 record and 3.66 ERA.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Astros in the first five innings for their MLB picks, as the Angels are 1-4 in their last five games as home favorites of -151 to -200.

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MLB Pick: Take the Houston Astros +135 in the 1st 5 Innings at Ladbrokes

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