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Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros Free Pick - 8/16/13

Houston Astros (38-81) at Los Angeles Angels (54-65)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)

Brad Peacock (R) (1-4) (6.294) vs. Jerome Williams (R) (4-8) (5.516)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels-165 / Houston Astros +155 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Houston, FS-West

The Los Angeles Angels host the Houston Astros in American League West action.

Houston's first season in the American League West hasn't been one for the record books so it's a bit surprising how tough they have played Oakland in 2013. Certain teams seem to match up well with others and perhaps the Astros just play the A's well. Maybe so, but not on Thursday in a 5-0 defeat, where neither the work on the mound or at the plate was able to hold up. Starter Erik Bedard appeared to have a reasonable shot here, but he was charged with all five runs on seven hits and four walks over 4.2 frames. That was game over, with the bats mustering just five hits and a pair of free passes. Brad Peacock makes his third consecutive start when he takes the bump versus the Angels. Peacock had struggled as a starter and in the pen, but has notched back to back quality outings with four runs given up over 13 innings.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros Free Pick - 8/16/13

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The Angels were absolutely hammered in the first two games of their series versus the Bronx Bombers before finally doing some hammering of their own in an 8-4 rout of the Yankees on Thursday. It was just their third win in eleven contests, which at this point is inconsequential, with Oakland and Texas dominating the American League West. CJ Wilson was hit hard, but wiggled out of several jams with just one run given up, despite allowing eleven hits and a base on balls through 6.2 innings pitched. The pen wasn't sharp, but held on with the bats providing plenty of support on eleven hits and four walks that saw Chris Nelson club a grand slam and solo homer. The Angels hand the ball to Jerome Williams to kick off the weekend series with Houston. Williams has had a difficult last ten starts with quality outings in only two games, while going 0-6 with four no decisions.

I don't know what to say about this one, except I can't lay the juice with Williams. All I see is plenty of runs scoring on both hurlers so if I were to do any thing it would be on the over...

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