Pick Left-hander Skaggs & Angels vs. Astros

Jeff Grant

Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:42 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 12:42 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Angels haven’t performed well against division opponents this season, but they’ve managed to enjoy great success on the road when taking on the Houston Astros. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this AL West matchup.

Back in the win column
Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak by picking up a 4-0 win over Houston as -120 road favorites Wednesday, while going 'under' the betting total for the first time in six affairs. The Angels have put together a solid 8-3 record in their last 11 road games in this series—allowing just 10 runs in the victories. MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-0 after shutting out its opponent during the 2014 campaign, with all three of those games going 'over' the number.

Pitching in
Houston has split its first six games on this homestand, but the pitching staff still ranks second in the Majors with a 2.88 ERA since May 11. The Astros’ bullpen has been the main reason for that recent success—posting a 1.42 ERA with a .172 opponents’ batting average—both marks have led all of baseball. It’s still important to point out that the franchise is 5-8 as home underdogs of +100 to +125, with the 'under' going 7-5-1 in that situation.

Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (4-3, 4.14 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including an 11-3 setback on the road to the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he gave up four runs and five hits over six frames. The left-hander is 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA in five road outings, with opposing hitters batting just .180 against him (.293 at home). Skaggs has registered a 2-0 record and 0.60 ERA in two starts versus the Astros this season.

Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock (1-4, 4.76 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 3-1 home victory over the Baltimore Orioles last Thursday, as he surrendered a single run and six hits over six innings of work.The right-hander has gone 1-1 with a 5.15 ERA in eight home appearances (five starts)—issuing 20 walks and striking out 42 batters in 36.2 combined frames. In three career appearances versus the Halos, Peacock has produced a 1-0 record and 5.06 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Angels as one of their MLB picks, as the Astros are 8-13 versus left-handed starters this season.

Free MLB Pick: Bet on the Los Angeles Angels at -129



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