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

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels
Date & Time Sunday May 5, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Angels Stadium
Anaheim, CA
The Line
Houston Astros -212 / Los Angeles Angels +194 -- O/U: 9.5
TV Channel
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The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels meet in the finale of their AL West division set from Angel Stadium in MLB action on Sunday.

The Houston Astros will look to build on a massive 14-2 win over the Halos in Saturday’s matchup. Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley each had four RBIs with Bregman belting a pair of home runs while Brantley had a home run and a double. George Springer had a home run and three RBIs while Yuli Gurriel had a triple, a home run and two RBIs. Tyler White added a pair of doubles and an RBI to cap off Houston’s scoring in the win while Max Stassi went 2 for 4 and Jose Altuve had a double in the win. Wade Miley got the win to improve to 2-2 after allowing both runs on six hits over six innings of work. Justin Verlander will start the finale and is 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. In his career, Verlander is 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA and 168 strikeouts against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to bounce back after being defeated on Saturday in a big way. Albert Pujols went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Kole Calhoun also went 2 for 4 with an RBI in the losing effort. Kevan Smith had two hits while Andrelton Simmons had a double and Jonathan Lucroy added a base hit in the defeat. Trevor Cahill took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the year after allowing six runs on six hits over 3.1 innings of work. Matt Harvey will start Sunday’s game and is 1-2 with a 6.54 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Harvey’s second career start against Houston.

Houston is 21-5 in Verlander’s last 26 road starts and 8-3 in their last 11 division games while the under is 5-0 in Verlander’s last 5 starts overall. Los Angeles is 1-6 in their last 7 division games and 17-35 in their last 52 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games against a team with a right-handed starter. Houston is 7-1 in Verlander’s last 8 starts against the Angels and 4-0 in Verlander’s last 4 road starts against the Angels.

The plus money with the Angels at home is tempting considering how well the Angels have been playing lately, but even with a solid start last time out, Harvey is still an extremely hard pitcher to trust. Verlander has been pretty much money on the road since joining the Astros and has allowed one run in each of his last four starts. I think Houston with Verlander on the mound on the road is a tall task for any team to go against, so I’ll side with Houston and to negate some of the juice, I’ll side with Houston on the run line.

Houston -1.5

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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