2019-09-21 18:10:00 EDT
The Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros meet in game two of their three game AL West division set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound after a 6-4 loss in Friday’s series opener. Kevan Smith and Andrelton Simmons each had two RBIs with Smith going 3 for 4 with a home run while Simmons had a double. Matt Thaiss, Jared Walsh, Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols each had a base hit to finish off the Angels’ offense as a team in the losing effort. Jaime Barria took the loss, falling to 4-10 on the year after allowing six runs on eight hits over 2.2 innings of work. Patrick Sandoval will start game two and is 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Sandoval’s first career start against Houston.
The Houston Astros will look to build on their series-opening victory over the Angels on Friday. Carlos Correa had a pair of home runs and three RBIS while Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman each had a solo home run and Josh Reddick added an RBI to round out Houston’s scoring as a team in the win. Aledmys Diaz went 3 for 4 with a double and Robinson Chirinos had a double as well while Yordan Alvarez added a base hit to cap off the Astros’ offense in the victory. Zack Greinke got another win to improve to 7-1 as an Astro after giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Roberto Osuna closed out the 9th for his 36th save of the season. Wade Miley will start game two and is 14-5 with a 3.71 ERA and 138 strikeouts this season. In his career, Miley is 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 1-5 in Sandoval’s last 6 starts and 7-19 in their last 26 road games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. Houston is 12-2 in Miley’s last 14 starts against a team with a losing record and 50-17 in their last 67 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 division games. Los Angeles is 21-47 in the last 68 meetings between these two teams and 17-35 in the last 52 meetings between these two teams in Houston.
I’m a bit hesitant to jump on board with Houston with Miley on the mound as I haven’t forgotten about his recent slump where he gave up 14 runs in less than an inning of work across two starts. However, while Sandoval has pitched well in most of his appearances, he’s yet to face a lineup as offensively potent as Houston’s and Miley has owned the Angels in his career, going 5-0 in six career starts. I expect this to be a hefty line, so I’ll side with Houston and this may be a play for the RL if the price is steep.