Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (42-52) 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
On Friday evening from Minute Maid Park, the Los Angeles Angels will be visiting the Houston Astros in MLB action.
The Angels are fresh off a three-game set against the Rangers this week, sweeping all three by a combined nine runs. That gives L.A. six straight wins.
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As for the Astros, they’re coming off three games versus the A’s. Oakland won the first two of that set, but Houston prevented the sweep Wednesday 7-0.
RHP Matt Shoemaker will be taking his own shoes to the mound on Friday. In 18 starts and a 5-9 record this year, Shoemaker owns a 4.08 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 106 total innings. In his last start against the White Sox, Shoemaker spun a complete-game shutout, giving up just six hits and striking out 13 batters.
Helping out at the plate, we’ve got a few very noteworthy Angels hitters. Mike Trout has hit 109 times with 75 runs, 19 homers and 62 RBI. Yunel Escobar is right behind him on 107 hits with 42 runs, 21 doubles and 30 RBI. Kole Calhoun is lending a hand with his 101 hits, 61 runs, 10 homers and 49 RBI.
Over on the other side, the Astros will be bringing out RHP Lance McCullers on Friday. In 11 starts this year, McCullers has put up a 4-4 record with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP in 62.1 innings. In Seattle his last time out, McCullers logged a loss with 5.1 innings pitched, one earned and four hits.
The Houston order has a lot to be happy about this season. Jose Altuve has been one of the best players in the league with 133 hits, 73 runs, 15 homers, 54 RBI and 25 steals. George Springer is playing pretty well with 98 hits, 68 runs, 21 homers and 55 RBI. Carlos Correa has put up 92 hits with 48 runs, 14 homers and 62 RBI.
The Angels are 4-9 in their last 13 versus the American League West, and 3-9 in their last 12 during game one of a series. L.A. is also 5-11 in Shoemaker’s last 16 starts, and 1-4 in Shoemaker’s last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 4-0 in their last four Friday games, and 6-1 in their last seven games following an off day. Houston is also 19-8 in their last 27 overall, and 1-5 in McCullers’ last six Friday starts.
I’m going to go out on a proverbial limb here and pick the Astros, assuming Shoemaker throws a comparative dud following his complete-game shutout. That said, this game could go in literally a million different directions, so I’d advise staying away if you’re betting.