Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (55-45) at Houston Astros (57-45)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
H Santiago (7-4) (2.43) vs. S Kazmir (6-5) (2.24)
The Line: Houston Astros -137 / Los Angeles Angels +127 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-West, ROOT-Southwest
The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Thursday at Minute Maid Park as they close out their series between the top two teams in the American League West.
The Houston Astros beat the Angels on Wednesday and in the process reclaimed the lead in the AL West. Preston Tucker and Jonathan Singleton each hit home runs and Luis Valbuena and Jake Marisnick each had two hits as the Astros scored six runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Lance McCullers allowed five hits and a run while striking out five over 7.0 innings to get the win and raise his record to 5-3 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Astros start Scott Kazmir who was lights out in his first start for Houston tossing a three hit shutout.
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The Los Angeles Angels once again struggled without Mike Trout in the lineup as they lost in Houston and fell out of first place in the AL West. Albert Pujols hit a home run, Erick Aybar had two hits, and David Murphy had a hit as the Angels scored three runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Garrett Richards allowed seven hits and four runs while striking out three over 6.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 10-8 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Angels start Matt Shoemaker who has allowed 99 hits and 49 earned runs while striking out 84 over 97 innings for a 5-7 record and a 4.55 ERA.
Houston is 7-1 in their last eight games as a favorite, 7-2 in their last nine games, and 37-17 in their last 54 home games. Los Angeles is 8-0 against a left-handed starter, 1-5 in their last six games, and 15-2 in Shoemaker’s last 17 road starts. Los Angeles is 1-7 in their last eight games in Houston.
The total in this one is set at 8.0 and I like the under and that is my free pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.