Los Angeles Angels (16-8) at Houston Astros (16-9)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 25, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -207 / Los Angeles Angels +192 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Los Angeles Angels look to complete the sweep after winning three of their last four games. The Angels have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Angels have now won nine straight games when scoring more than two runs. Mike Trout leads the Angels with 28 hits and 18 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Albert Pujols have combined for 51 hits and 26 RBI. Nick Tropeano gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Tropeano is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look for a bounce back victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Houston Astros have won seven of their last nine games 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 55 hits and 35 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 8-8 with a 3.36 ERA and 113 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Angels are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series, 10-1 in their last 11 road games and 7-2 in Tropeanos last 9 starts vs. American League West. The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series, 6-1 in Verlanders last 7 home starts and 13-2 in Verlanders last 15 starts. The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Houston and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
We made plus money with the Angels last night, but we're not going to push our luck betting against another hot pitcher. Verlander has allowed just one run and seven hits in his last 21 innings and has an allowed batting average of .152 this season. The guy has simply been on another plaent to start the season. Tropeano has just 12 innings under his belt this season and is fresh off a game in which he allowed five runs in 5.1 innings against the Red Sox. I'm backing the Astros, and I'll eat the juice, as I've been burned recently laying the run line.