Houston Astros (27-17) at Los Angeles Angels (25-17)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 16, 2018, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +118 / Houston Astros -128 --- Over/Under: 7
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels meet Wednesday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.
The Houston Astros look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Astros have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Houston Astros have won six straight games when scoring more than one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 53 hits and 17 RBI while George Springer and Carlos Correa have combined for 92 hits and 55 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 1.21 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 9-8 with a 3.32 ERA and 122 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Angels have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost four of their last six games when scoring four or less runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 49 hits and 23 RBI while Mike Trout and Justin Upton have combined for 88 hits and 57 RBI. Garrett Richards gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 4.08 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. Richards is 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series, 7-2 in Verlanders last 9 road starts and 14-5 in Verlanders last 19 starts. The Angels are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 4-0 in Richards' last 4 starts with 5 days of rest and 6-1 in Richards' last 7 starts. The Angels are 1-4 in Richards' last 5 starts vs. Astros and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Richards has been decent in his last two starts and is only allowing a .215 batting average this season. However, when do you get Verlander at these prices? You're talking about a pitcher who hasn't allowed more than two runs in each of his last seven starts and is allowing just a .146 batting average. On the road this season, Verlander has an ERA of 0.36 and has an allowed batting average of .155. There's no betting against that. For the same reason we were on Cole last night, give me the Astros and the cheap price.