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Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - 9/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (87-58) at Los Angeles Angels (74-71)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10:07 pm (Angel Stadium)

B Peacock (10-2) (3.05) vs. R Nolasco (6-13) (4.96)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels +115 / Houston Astros -125 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSW, ATSW

The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels meet Thursday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. 

The Houston Astros need a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Astros have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and nine or more runs in five of their last six games. The Houston Astros have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 190 hits and 76 RBI while George Springer and Alex Bregman have combined for 283 hits and 134 RBI. Brad Peacock gets the ball, and he is 10-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 150 strikeouts this season. Peacock is 3-2 with a 4.64 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Angels. 

Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - 9/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Angels look for another win after splitting their last 12 games. The Angels scored nine runs in Wednesday’s victory and five or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 149 hits and 65 RBI while Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun have combined for 259 hits and 161 RBI. Ricky Nolasco gets the ball, and he is 6-13 with a 5.19 ERA and 132 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 7-2 with a 3.82 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 10-4 in Peacocks last 14 road starts and 9-4 in Peacocks last 13 starts. The Angels are 18-8 in their last 26 during game 3 of a series, 3-8 in Nolascos last 11 home starts and 7-17 in Nolascos last 24 starts. The Astros are 0-4 in Peacocks last 4 starts vs. Angels, 22-10 in the last 32 meetings and the over is 6-1 in Peacocks last 7 starts vs. Angels.

Peacock has allowed three or less runs in eight of his last 10 games and has an ERA under three on the road this season. Nolasco has given up three or more runs in seven of his last 10 games and is allowing a .288 batting average overall this season. While the Angels have played better baseball this week and are a tough out at home, I like the Astros and the reasonable price on the road based on the pitching matchup. 

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