Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/3/14
Houston Astros (36-49) at Los Angeles Angels (47-35)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Dallas Keuchel (L) (8-5) (2.778) vs. Matt Shoemaker (R) (5-1) (4.304)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -160 / Houston Astros +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, FSN-W
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels begin a four-game series on Thursday.
The Astros have lost eight of their last 11 games and are 14 games below .500. The Astros lack of offense has killed them, as they’ve scored three or less runs in nine of their last 13 games. Of course, the fact the Astros have an ERA of 4.23, 25th worst in the majors, hasn’t helped either. The Astros have lost 14 of their last 15 games when scoring less than four runs. George Springer has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. Brett Oberholtzer gets the nod, and he’s 2-6 with a 4.40 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. Oberholtzer is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in two career starts against the Angels.
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The Angels have won nine of their last 12 games and are 11 games above a .500 record. The Angels offense has carried much of the way during this stretch, scoring four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. Mike Trout has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Howie Kendrick has crossed the plate six times in his last nine games. Pitching, the Angels have the 19th best ERA at 3.89. Matt Shoemaker takes the hill, and he’s 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA and has 53 strikeouts in 54 innings. Shoemaker is 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA in two career games against the Astros.
The Astros are 1-6 in Oberholtzers last 7 road starts and 2-12 in Oberholtzers last 14 starts. The Angels are 4-1 in Shoemakers last 5 home starts and 24-8 in their last 32 home games. The Astros are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Astros have won only two games in Oberholtzer's last 14 starts, and the Angels are lights out at home. I'm taking the run line to get us more bang for our buck in this spot.