Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/4/14
Houston Astros (36-51) at Los Angeles Angels (48-36)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 4, 2014 at 9:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Dallas Keuchel (L) (8-5) (2.778) vs. C.J. Wilson (L) (8-6) (3.904)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -167 / Houston Astros +157 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Houston, FS-West
The Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros face off on Friday for game two of their AL West series.
The Los Angeles Angels have the fourth best record in baseball and they held that spot by beating the Astros on Thursday. Mike Trout, Howie Kendrick, and David Freese each had two hits as the Angels scored five runs on nine hits. Startig pitcher Matt Shoemaker allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out seven over 6.0 innings to get the win and go to 6-2 for the season and Joe Smith earned his 10th save. For Friday’s game the Angels start C.J. Wilson who lsted just 3.2 innings getting a no decision in his last start. For the season Wilson has allowed 92 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 100 over 108.1 innings for an 8-6 record and a 3.90 ERA.
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The Houston Astros are starting to fizzle out and they were simply no match for the Angels on Thursday. Jose Altuve had three hits, Jason Castro had two hits, and George Springer had a hit as the Astros scored two runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer allowed nine hits and five runs while striking out four over 6.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 2-7 for the season. For Friday’s game the Astros start Dallas Keuchel who has lost his last two starts. For the season Keuchel has allowed 88 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 83 over 103.2 innings for an 8-5 record and a 2.78 ERA.
Los Angeles is 21-6 I their last 27 home games, 9-2 as a favorite, and 2-5 in Wilson’s last seven starts. Houston is 19-46 following a loss, 15-38 in game two of a series, and 5-2 in Keuchel’s last seven starts as an underdog. Houston is 4-10 in the last 14 meetings of these two.
Wilson has been hit hard of late but the Angels are the better team here and my play.
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