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Angels at Astros - 7/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels (43-52) at Houston Astros (51-44)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

M Shoemaker (5-9) (4.08) vs. L McCullers (4-4) (3.61)

The Line: Houston Astros -140 / Los Angeles Angels +130 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSW/RTSW

The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Los Angeles Angels look to build on their impressive six-game winning streak. The Angels have scored 24 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Angels offense has been crushing recently, and they’ve won nine straight games when scoring more than three runs. Mike Trout leads Los Angeles with 109 hits, Yunel Escobar has 30 RBI and Albert Pujols has 19 home runs. Matt Shoemaker gets the ball, and he’s 5-9 with a 4.08 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. Shoemaker is 2-2 with a 3.73 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Angels at Astros - 7/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Houston Astros offense has also heated up lately, and they’ve won 12 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 133 hits, George Springer has 55 RBI and Carlos Correa has 14 home runs. Lance McCullers takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Angels are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. American League West and 5-11 in Shoemakers last 16 starts. The Astros are 6-1 in their last 7 games following an off day and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Angels are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Houston and 0-8 in the last 8 meetings overall.

Both teams are tearing the cover off the ball right now, so the over may be worth a look. However, I have more confidence that the Astros will continue to produce. The Angels haven't shown us that they're capable of playing well for long stretches. Give me Houston at home.

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Houston Astros -140

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