Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - 7/31/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - 7/31/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (3-3) at Los Angeles Angels (2-5)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:10 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)

Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0) (3.00) vs. Matt Andriese () ()

The Line: Los Angeles Angels +135 / Houston Astros -150 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Houston Astros need a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Astros have scored 12 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in four of their first six games. The Astros have won 12 of their last 14 regular season games when scoring at least four runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 10 hits and six RBI while Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 14 hits and seven RBI. Lance McCullers gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and six strikeouts this season. McCullers is 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

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The Los Angeles Angels need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Angels have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Angels have lost three of their last four games when scoring four or more runs. David Fletcher leads the Angels with 10 hits and three RBI while Brian Goodwin and Mike Trout have combined for 14 hits and eight RBI. Matt Andriese gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Andriese is 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 47-13 in their last 60 during game 1 of a series, 53-21 in their last 74 Friday games and 38-13 in their last 51 games following an off day. The Angels are 6-15 in their last 21 during game 1 of a series, 7-19 in their last 26 Friday games and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The over is 9-3-2 in Astros last 14 overall. The over is 4-0 in Angels last 4 home games. The Astros are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Los Angeles and 52-23 in the last 75 meetings.

The Houston Astros have been a bit shaky out of the gate, but we know the damage the lineup is capable of and McCullers was solid in his season debut. The Los Angeles Angels are finding ways to score runs, but it's not resulting in victories, and I now question how long the offense can continue to produce with Trout now out of the lineup until further notice. This is a game I expect the Astros to flex their muscle a bit and come away with a feel good victory. 

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Randy’s Pick Houston Astros -150

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.