MLB Picks: Keuchel & Astros vs. Hanson & Angels to Hold Under

Joe Freda

Friday, May 31, 2013 2:14 PM GMT

Friday’s MLB betting has the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros opening a weekend set, with Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson (2-1, 3.86 ERA) listed to face Astros southpaw Dallas Keuchel.

The foes split their first six matchups this year, while the UNDER cashed at 2-1 in Angel Stadium. Let's have a look at the MLB betting odds set out for this one.

Astros collect as dogs

April’s visit to Anaheim saw Houston start off with a 5-0 victory as a 181 underdog, shelling Hanson for three runs in the first frame. Los Angeles finished the series with two straight wins, edging out the Astros in hits over the pair of affairs, 22-11.

May’s most recent set between the clubs saw Houston cash twice as home dogs, with the Astros outscoring Los Angeles by a combined 10-7 margin. The Angels ended the trio of duels with a 6-5 victory as 147 ‘chalk,’ rallying with three runs in the eighth inning to surge ahead. 

Hanson returns for Angels 

Hanson has been idle most the month due to a death in the family, returning in this spot for his sixth outing of the season. The Tulsa native is 1-1 over three home starts, giving up 21 hits over 16 frames of action. 

April’s setback for Hanson against Houston was the hurler’s first losing decision to the Astros in seven career matchups. The OVER has cashed at 3-0 in Hanson’s trio of starts since then, while most recently logging a no-decision as 143 home ‘chalk’ for in a 5-4 defeat for the Angels against Baltimore. 

Keuchel falls short at home 

Keuchel logged his first loss in four starts with Sunday’s 6-2 defeat as a 156 home dog to the Oakland Athletics. The 25-year-old gave up four earned runs on nine hits, lasting six innings on the hill.

Houston’s J.D. Martinez and Chris Carter drove in one run each, with Martinez poking a double in a 1-for-4 day. Astros designated hitter Jason Castro came away batting 4-for-4, while mates Trevor Crowe and Jose Altuve united to hit 2-for-10 from the lineup’s top two spots. 

Back the UNDER in Anaheim 

TheGreek.com opened Hanson as a 235 home favorite, with early wagers on the home ‘chalk’ lifting the premium to 250. ‘Total’ players saw the shop initially hang a number of nine, leaning to the UNDER at minus 120. 

I am adding the UNDER to Friday’s card of sports picks, looking for a tight duel between these foes. 

Hanson’s return should have him fueled with emotion, while combining that with a long rest from action. The UNDER is 4-1 in Houston’s last five spots against right-handed starters, while the Astros rank 14th in the American League’s 15 clubs (.236 BA) facing righties. 

Keuchel has held foes to four earned runs in 10 2/3 IP on the road, giving up just one homer in the span’s combined effort as a starter and reliever. Los Angeles has been held to a .219 BA against southpaw arms, while the UNDER is 5-2 in the team’s last seven spots against listed lefties. 

Look for the UNDER to collect again here, with some low octane as this opener takes shape. 

MLB Pick: UNDER 9 at Bet 365

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