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Houston Astros vs LA Angels Prediction 5-21-24 Picks

LA Angels (19-29) vs. Houston Astros (21-27)
May 21, 2024 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Astros -210 / LA Angels +190; Over/Under: +8.5
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The LA Angels and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB game 2 action at Minute Maid Park. Here’s a Houston Astros vs LA Angels Prediction.

LA Angels Betting Preview

The LA Angels are 19-29 on the year after recent wins over the Cardinals and Rangers. The LA Angels have scored 15 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 7 games. The LA Angels have won 4 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Taylor Ward leads the LA Angels with 52 hits and 29 RBI while Zach Neto and Logan O’Hoppe have combined for 79 hits and 39 RBI.

Houston Astros Betting Preview

The Houston Astros are 21-27 on the year after recent wins over the Athletics and Brewers. The Houston Astros have scored 18 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 9 games. The Houston Astros have won 7 of their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Jeremy Pena leads the Houston Astros with 60 hits and 20 RBI, while Jose Altuve and Kyle Tucker have combined for 108 hits and 52 RBI.

LA Angels vs Houston Astros Pitching Matchup

Griffin Canning gets the ball for the LA Angels, and he is 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Canning has allowed 12 hits and 3 runs in his last 17.2 innings. Canning has a 6.64 ERA and .293 allowed batting average through 20.1 road innings. Canning is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Houston Astros.

Cristian Javier gets the ball for the Houston Astros, and he is 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Javier has allowed 7 hits and 7 runs in his last 7.1 innings. Javier has a 0.75 ERA and .146 allowed batting average through 24 home innings. Javier is 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 75 strikeouts in his career against the LA Angels.

Why the Houston Astros will win

  • The Angels have lost 14 of their last 15 games against American League opponents following a road win.
  • The Astros have won each of their last nine games as home favorites against the Angels following a home loss.
  • The Astros have covered the run line in each of their last nine games as home favorites against the Angels following a home loss.
  • The Angels have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last nine games as road underdogs against the Astros following a road win.
  • The Astros have led after 3 innings in each of their last seven games against opponents that held a losing record.

Houston Astros Player Prop Facts

  • Jose Altuve has hit a home run in each of the Astros’ last two games as favorites.
  • Jeremy Pena has scored at least one run in six of the Astros’ last seven games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Cristian Javier has recorded six or more strikeouts in each of his last four home appearances against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • Victor Caratini has recorded at least one RBI in five of his last six appearances against AL West opponents.
  • Chas McCormick has recorded at least one Single in each of his last six appearances against the Angels.
  • Cristian Javier has recorded a win in four of his five previous home appearances against the Angels.
  • Chas McCormick has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Jose Abreu has recorded at least one total base in each of his last nine home appearances against the Angels.
  • Kyle Tucker ranks 2nd in the league in Home Runs (15) this season.

Los Angeles Angels Player Prop Facts

  • Taylor Ward has hit a home run in three of the Angels’ last four night games.
  • Taylor Ward has recorded an RBI in each of the Angels’ last five night games.
  • Taylor Ward has scored at least one run in each of the Angels’ last seven night games.
  • Griffin Canning has recorded five or more strikeouts in each of his last six road appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Luis Rengifo has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 14 road appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Luis Rengifo has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 14 road appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Taylor Ward has recorded at least one Single in each of his last eight road appearances against the Astros after playing the previous day.
  • Luis Rengifo ranks T7th in the league in Steals (12) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Houston Astros rank 1st in the league for batting average this season (.265).
  • The Houston Astros rank 1st in the league for strikeouts against this season (322).
  • The Los Angeles Angels are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both steals and home runs this season.
  • The Los Angeles Angels rank 26th in the league for ERA this season (4.61).

Houston Astros vs LA Angels Prediction

There’s no getting behind Griffin Canning and his ERA over 5 and his 1.35 WHIP. Canning has also been rocked in his career whenever he’s faced the Astros. Cristian Javier has been solid up to this point, but he’s been ridiculous at home, with an ERA under 1 through 24 innings. If the Astros are going to get back on track and chip away in the standings, these are games and matchups they take advantage of. Give me the Astros and the RL for max betting value.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Houston Astros -1.5

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