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Los Angeles Angels (11-21) at Houston Astros (9-24)
After a 7-6 loss to Houston last night, what can you say about a team like the Angels that’s underachieving in all areas and has all of the talent in the world?
L.A. has lost 3 straight games and are tied with the Astros for the worst road record in the majors of 4-12.
Every night, you think that the Angels are going to snap out of it and mostly every night, they come up with another loss. The Angels aren’t short on respect from the odds makers. After losing again, they’re a -133 MLB betting odds favorite for tonight’s game. These odds are created on reputation alone.
The Astros have a decisive advantage when they send right hander, Bud Norris to the mound as he faces a winless Joe Blanton. Norris has been merely average at 3-3 with a 3.89 ERA, but hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in any of his starts at Minute Maid Ballpark.
Blanton on the other hand, has managed to pitch better in his last two starts, but the Angels have failed him where run support is concerned. Blanton is a lifetime 2-0 against the Astros with a 2.57 ERA in 5 starts.
Great Things Come In Small Packages
This is the case for the Astros as 5 foot 5 second baseman, Jose Altuve. He has been playing like an All-Star t so far this season. Altuve is coming off of a 2 for 3 performance against the Angels in which he picked up his 2nd home run of the season. On the season, Altuve is hitting .338 with 2 HR and 17 RBI. Look for the good hitting to continue.
On the Angels side, the combination of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have been a disappointment. Since joining the Angels and signing a sizeable contract, Pujols has been a huge disappointment. I bet the Angels wish that they could have a”mulligan” regarding the ex-Card.
I’m going off of what we’ve seen thus far and that is that the Angels have given us absolutely no reason to make them our pick. Norris has been reliable at Minute Maid Park. Take the underdogs Astros in this spot.
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Arizona Diamondbacks (18-15) at Los Angeles Dodgers (13-19)
The Dodgers have been a disaster, but their savior, Clayton Kershaw (3-2, 1.66) takes to the rubber as L.A. attempts to break a 6 game losing streak.
Standin in the Dodgers way is a very solid major league pitcher in Wade Miley (2-1, 3.06). This is far from an automatic win for the Dodgers.
Kershaw has been a beast in his last two outings and the Dodgers still couldn’t manage to win both games.
In his last two starts, Kershaw has pitched 15 innings while giving up a single run on just 7 hits and 17 strikeouts. You can’t pitch any better than that and there’s no reason to think that he won’t do that in this game. This game comes down to “can the Dodgers score enough runs to win for the best pitcher in the National League?” The odds are somewhat extreme with Wade Miley facing L.A, but Kershaw warrants that type of respect.
While Los Angeles is a reasonable 13th in the league in batting average (.255), they haven’t been able to convert it into runs as they’re 28th in runs scored. That’s the problem that Kershaw faces tonight even though he has some decent bats in Gonzalez, Crawford, Ethier, and Kemp supporting him.
The Diamondbacks are hitting almost an identical batting average to that of L.A., but the difference is that they’ve been getting clutch hitting with runners in scoring position.
Arizona will look to 1st baseman Paul Goldschmidt when facing Kershaw. Goldschmidt has emerged as a budding star and leads the D’Backs in batting average (.314), home runs (7), RBI’s (27), and OBP (.411). Goldschmidt is coming off of back to back games in which he’s hit a home run and in this case it should be Kershaw that should be afraid of Goldschmidt.
I never like to touch betting totals under 7 runs, but with these two pitchers taking the mound, there’s a sense of security. If you’d like to buy a ½ run, please do so. 5 Dimes Sportsbook doesn’t offer that option at this time of day and we’ll leave it the way that it is.