Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/3/14
Los Angeles Angels (83-54) at Houston Astros (60-79)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Jered Weaver (R) (15-7) (3.574) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (7-9) (2.992)
The Line: Houston Astros +135 / Los Angeles Angels -145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-W, CSN-HOU
The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros finish their two-game series on Wednesday night.
The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of their last nine games and are 29 games above a .500 record. Despite allowing eight runs in Tuesday’s loss, the Angels pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Los Angeles Angels have an ERA of 3.50, which is ninth in the majors, and they’ve won 10 o their last 11 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Erick Aybar has a 17-game hitting streak and Howie Kendrick has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Starting is Jered Weaver, who is 15-7 with a 3.57 ERA and has 137 strikeouts in 181.1 innings. Weaver is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in three career games against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros have won five of their last seven games and have pulled within 19 games of a .500 record. The Astros pitching staff is trying to hold things together by allowing three or less runs in 10 of their last 13 games. Overall, the Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.33, which is 26th in the majors, and they’ve won five straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Chris Carter has gotten on base in nine straight games and Jason Castro has a four-game hitting streak. Collin McHugh gets the ball, and he’s 7-9 with a 2.99 ERA and has 132 strikeouts in 126.1 innings. McHugh is 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in three career games against the Angels.
The Angels are 5-1 in Weavers last 6 road starts and 68-31 in Weavers last 99 starts overall. The Astros are 1-6 in McHughs last 7 starts as an underdog and 0-5 in McHughs last 5 starts with 5 days of rest.
I like the Angels to bounce back here, as it's hard to think the Astros can beat one of the top teams in baseball twice.