Los Angeles Angels (15-8) at Houston Astros (16-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 24, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -152 / Los Angeles Angels +142 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Los Angeles Angels could use another victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Angels have allowed seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Angels are an impressive 12-0 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Mike Trout leads the Angels with 27 hits and 17 RBI while Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 47 hits and 20 RBI. Shohei Ohtani gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Ohtani’s first career game against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look for a big victory here after winning six of their last seven games. The Astros have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros are 15-2 this season when scoring more than one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 33 hits and 10 RBI while Carlos Correa and George Springer have combined for 51 hits and 35 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Morton is 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Angels are 19-7 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series, 9-0 in their last 9 road games and 2-9 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record. The Astros are 25-6 in their last 31 home games, 35-17 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series and 8-3 in Mortons last 11 starts. The Angels are 10-22 in the last 32 meetings in Houston, 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Houston.
I've been fading the Los Angeles Angels recently, as I don't think they're as good as their early record indicates, but you can't deny their success on the road. You also can't turn down plus money with Ohtani on the mound. Ohtani has allowed six runs in 15 innings, but only three of those runs have come in his last nine innings, and he has 19 strikeouts in 15 innings. Against a free swinging team like the Astros, who have yet to face him, Ohtani could have a field day with the Ks. Yes, I know Morton has been lights out in four starts, but Cole was also heading into last night, and he left with a loss. The value is with the Angels, so that's the side I'm on Tuesday night.