It is always fun to take note of the standings in the MLB when the All-Star Break comes around, as how things look then tend to be very different from the final standings. Will the 6 division leaders at the break be the same teams sitting atop the division when the 162-game season finally comes to an end? If we are being totally honest, it is really only the LA Dodgers who look to have a lead that cannot be run down, especially given how the other teams in the division are playing.
Elsewhere, things are a little less concrete, especially in the AL West, where the Houston Astros are seeing their once double-digit lead being slowly but surely chipped away. This is a division that could very well be sending two teams to the playoffs, as the chasing pack are all in the Wild Card hunt. The Astros dropped the opening game of the series to the Angels and will be looking to bounce back when this two hook up again on Tuesday night. The Astros are MLB Betting favorites, let’s make some predictions.
Astros vs Angels MLB Lines & Pick for Tuesday Night
- When: Tuesday, July 16 at 10:07 PM EST
- Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
- Starting Pitchers: Undecided vs. Heaney
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: AM 830
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Houston Astros -115 (Total 10)
Why bet on the Houston Astros?As mentioned earlier, the Houston Astros had, at one time, a double-digit lead in the AL West, but they have since cooled off, seeing their lead at the top cut to 5 ½ games. That aside, the Astros are still in very good shape, sitting with a 59-36 record on the season. They are at 6-4 in their last 10 games and are while they are much better at home than they are on the road, they are still 26-22 away from home.
The Astros blew an opportunity to take care of a weakened Angels team on Monday, losing 9-6 to a team that had Mike Trout sitting on the sidelines with an injury. Still, the Astros are 4-3 versus the Angels this season and are 21-25 ATS on the road. At time of writing, the Astros had yet to announce a starting pitcher.
- Runs: 5.17
- Hits: 9.23
- Walks: 3.87
- Strike Outs: 7.04
- Runs: 4.21
- Hits: 7.49
- Walks: 2.87
- Strike Outs: 10.04
Why bet on the LA Angels?The Angels have been without Mike Trout for a few games, but they have continued to excel, winning 4 in a row heading into Tuesday night. By all accounts, there is a chance that Trout could be back for this one, which can only be a good thing for a team on such a positive run of form.
The Angels are now 7-3 in their last 10 games, and while that is a very positive run, they are still 10 games back of the Astros right now. That is a big gap to close, but things are looking a good deal better for the Angels in the Wild Card race, where they are 4 ½ games out of the final playoff spot. The Angels are 26-19 ATS at home this season. They will have Andrew Heaney (1-3, 5.18 ERA) on the mound.
- Runs: 5.20
- Hits: 8.97
- Walks: 3.68
- Strike Outs: 6.92
- Runs: 4.96
- Hits: 8.35
- Walks: 3.55
- Strike Outs: 8.88
Astros vs Angeles MLB Betting Trends
- Astros are 4-2 against LA ANGELS this season
- 4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL this season
- Mchugh is 7-2 when starting against LA ANGELS with an ERA of 2.47 and a WHIP of 1.004
- Heaney is 3-3 when starting against HOUSTON with an ERA of 3.20 and a WHIP of 1.200
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Astros vs AngelsWhile the Angels are on a good run at the moment, I still think they are going to be in tough in this one. I have the Astros evening up the series with 2 games still to play.
Score: Houston Astros 5 – LA Angels 3