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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros
Date & Time Friday July 5, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Astros: -1.5 (+100) / Los Angeles Angels: 1.5 (-120)
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros meet in game one of a three game AL West division set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Friday.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to bounce back after dropping their series finale against Texas, failing to complete the sweep with a 9-3 loss in the finale on Thursday. Mike Trout had a solo home run while going 2 for 4 while Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons each contributed RBIs as well in the defeat. Luis Rengifo went 3 for 4 with a double and Shohei Ohtani went 2 for 5 at the dish while Jonathan Lucroy added a base hit to finish off the Halos’ offense as a team in the loss. Griffin Canning took the loss, falling to 3-5 on the year after allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out six over just 3.1 innings of work. Andrew Heaney will start game one and is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Heaney is 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA and 39 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to build on their current five game winning streak after a 4-2 win in their series finale against Colorado. Josh Reddick had a double and two RBIs while Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman each hit a solo home run to finish off Houston’s scoring as a team in the win. Robinson Chirinos and Tyler White each had a base hit as the ‘Stros cranked out just six hits as a team in the win. Wade Miley got the win to improve to 7-4 after allowing one run on five hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Roberto Osuna closed out the 9th with a pair of strikeouts for his 19th save of the campaign. Justin Verlander will start game one and is 10-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 147 strikeouts this season. In his career, Verlander is 13-9 with a 3.10 ERA and 175 strikeouts against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 2-9 in Heaney’s last 11 road starts against a team with a winning record and 6-1 in their last 7 series opening matchups while the under is 22-5-1 in their last 28 Friday games. Houston is 22-6 in Verlander’s last 28 division starts and 38-13 in their last 51 division games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. Houston is 8-1 in Verlander’s last 9 starts against the Angels while Los Angeles is 18-40 in the last 58 meetings between these two teams including 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams in Houston.

The Angels could have a shot here against Verlander given the fact that JV has allowed at least three runs in each of his last five starts. However, the Astros are rolling right now and Heaney has allowed five runs in three of his last five starts. Heaney was also one of the Angels that was hit the hardest with the passing of Tyler Skaggs, so one would have to wonder how much his head is actually going to be in this game with this being his first start since Monday’s tragedy. I just think the Astros hold the cards in game one, so I’ll back Houston and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll back Houston on the RL.

Houston Astros: -1.5 (+100)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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