Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/3/14
Los Angeles Angels (30-26) at Houston Astros (24-34)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
C.J. Wilson (L) (6-4) (3.052) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (3-3) (2.800)
The Line: Houston Astros +125 / Los Angeles Angels -135 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-W, CSN-HOU
The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros will begin a three-game series on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.
The Angels were just swept by the Oakland Athletics and have lost five of their last seven games overall. The reason for their slump has been an Angels pitching staff that has allowed five or more runs in six of their last nine games. This really isn’t anything new for the Angels, as they’ve allowed five or more runs in 22 of their first 56 games. Offensively, Mike Trout is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday and Erik Aybar has six extra-base hits in his last 10 games. Getting the nod is C.J. Wilson, who is 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA and has 69 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. Wilson is 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 19 career games against the Astros.
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The Astros are playing some of their best baseball of the season by winning seven of their last nine games. Despite still being 10 games below a .500 record, the Astros pitching has allowed three or less runs in six of their last nine games Not bad for a pitching rotation that has a 25th ranked ERA of 4.22. The Astros are actually 16-6 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, George Springer has 15 RBI in his last 10 games and Jason Castro has scored a run in three of his last four games. Collin McHugh gets the nod, and he’s 3-3 with a 2.80 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 45 innings. This is McHugh’s second career start against the Angels.
The Angels are 6-0 in Wilson's last 6 starts during game 1 of a series and 12-5 in Wilson's last 17 road starts. The Astros are 1-4 in McHugh's last 5 starts and 17-36 in their last 53 games following an off day. The Angels are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Houston.
It's only a matter of time before the Astros cool off, as we saw in the final two games of the Baltimore series. The Angels are by far the better team and has the better pitcher on the mound. Give me LA for the cheap price.