Houston Astros (88-61) vs. Los Angeles Angels (72-76)
September 20, 2021 9:38 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +180 / Houston Astros -225; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels meet in an AL West division matchup in MLB action from Angel Stadium on Monday night.
The Houston Astros will look to build on their 7-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks from Sunday’s series finale. Carlos Correa had a three-run home run and a double while Jose Siri added a two-run home run. Chas McCormick had a solo home run and Kyle Tucker added a double with an RBI to finish off the scoring for the Astros in the winning effort. Jose Altuve, Aledmys Diaz, Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado each had a base hit as well to finish off Houston’s offense as a team in the winning effort. Zack Greinke went four innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits while striking out three, not factoring in the decision. Peter Solomon got the win in relief to improve to 1-0 while Ryan Pressly closed the 9th for his 25th save. Framber Valdez will start here and is 10-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season.
The Los Angeles Angels will try to rebound from a 3-2 extra innings loss to Oakland in their last game. Jose Rojas had an RBI while Phil Gosselin and Brandon Marsh each contributed a double to the cause. Jared Walsh had a base hit as well as the Angels had just four hits as a team in the losing effort with the rest of the lineup batting 0 for 18 with 6 strikeouts. Shohei Ohtani allowed two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out ten over eight innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Raisel Iglesias ended up with the loss in relief to fall to 7-5 on the year. Jaime Barria will start here and is 2-3 with a 4.93 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season.
Houston is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 2-0-2 in their last 4 division games. Los Angeles is 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games and 0-4 in their last 4 home games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 home games.
It’s fair to call out Framber Valdez after a rough last couple of starts, but Jaime Barria is no saint either if we’re being honest as I’ve watched him get roughed up more often than not over the course of his career. I think this is a spot where the offensive fireworks come out and we see a game where we get double-digits by the middle innings. Give me the over.