Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/14
Houston Astros (15-28) at Los Angeles Angels (23-19)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Dallas Keuchel (L) (4-2) (3.057) vs. Garrett Richards (R) (4-0) (2.423)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -190 / Houston Astros +180 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, FSN-W
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels will play a three-game series that begins Monday night. The Angels took three of four the last time these teams met earlier in the season.
The Astros are playing their best baseball of the season by winning five of their last seven games. For the first time all season the Astros are putting runs on the board, scoring four or more runs in six of their last eight games. Jason Castro has eight RBI in his last 10 games and Matt Dominguez is coming off a two-homerun performance. The Astros pitching staff has also improved during this stretch, including Dallas Keuchel, who is 4-2 with a 3.06 ERA and has 47 strikeouts in 53 innings. Keuchel is 2-1 with a 6.65 ERA in four career starts against the Angels.
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The Angels have also been red hot with eight wins in their last 10 games as they’re gaining ground on the rest of the AL West. The Angels have scored four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games and are 22-4 when scoring more than three runs. Albert Pujols is coming off a two-homerun performance on Sunday, and Mike Trout has eight RBI in his last 10 games. Getting the nod Monday is Garrett Richards, who is 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 52 innings. Richards is 2-0 with a 4.95 ERA in three career games against the Astros.
The Astros are 4-1 in Keuchel's last 5 starts and 1-13 in Keuchel's last 14 starts with 5 days of rest. The Angels are 4-1 in Richards' last 5 starts and 11-4 in Richards' last 15 home starts. The Astros are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles, but just 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
There's value in taking the Astros in this spot with the line where it is at. Not only have the Astros had success in LA, but Keuchel has been a solid pitcher this season and the Houston lineup is producing like it hasn't all season. This isn't a game you pound, but it's worth sprinkling a little something on the Astros ML.