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Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - 5/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (26-16) at Los Angeles Angels (24-16)
Date & Time Monday May 14, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Los Angeles Angels +132 / Houston Astros -142 --- Over/Under: 7.5
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MLB | Houston Astros (26-16) at Los Angeles Angels (24-16)
Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels meet Monday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. 

The Houston Astros look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Astros have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 52 hits and 17 RBI while George Springer and Carlos Correa have combined for 90 hits and 55 RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 3.72 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Angels have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won 16 of their last 20 games when scoring at least three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 48 hits and 23 RBI while Mike Trout and Justin Upton have combined for 86 hits and 56 RBI. Andrew Heaney gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Heaney is 0-0 with a 0.82 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 15-6 in their last 21 during game 1 of a series, 5-1 in McCullers Jr.s last 6 road starts and 4-1 in McCullers Jr.s last 5 starts. The Angels are 12-3 in their last 15 vs. American League West. The Astros are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Los Angeles Angels will have some confidence going after winning in walkoff fashion on Sunday. Yes, the Astros offense has heated up and McCullers has allowed just six runs in his last 25 innings of work. However, Heaney has been solid as well this season, allowing just five runs in his last 17 innings and averaging more than a strikeout per inning. This seems like a good spot to take a stab with the plus money and the home team.

Los Angeles Angels +132

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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