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Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - 7/22/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (66-35) at Los Angeles Angels (49-50)
Date & Time Sunday July 22, 2018, 4:07 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Los Angeles Angels +128 / Houston Astros -138 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Houston Astros (66-35) at Los Angeles Angels (49-50)
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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

The Houston Astros look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Astros have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in eight straight games. The Houston Astros have won 11 of their last 14 games when scoring at least one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 130 hits and 45 RBI while Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 205 hits and 117 RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 10-4 with a 3.77 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 3-2 with a 1.90 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels could use a feel good win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Angels have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 13 of their last 15 games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost 14 of their last 18 games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Mike Trout leads the Angels with 104 hits and 50 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton have combined for 190 hits and 95 RBI. Andrew Heaney gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 3.78 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. Heaney is 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 6-2 in McCullers Jr.s last 8 road starts and 7-1 in McCullers Jr.s last 8 starts. The Angels are 2-8 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games and 5-1 in Heaneys last 6 home starts. The Astros are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and 0-4 in McCullers Jr.s last 4 road starts vs. Angels.

The Houston Astros are getting into one of their hot streaks again and McCullers has been nothing but money for the Astros this season. The Angels are also free falling in the standings and have shown little signs of life in hopes of turning things around. However, McCullers is allowing a 4.24 ERA on the road and is coming off a performance in which he got tagged for four hits and six runs in four innings against Oakland. At home this season, Heaney has an ERA of 2.41 with an allowed batting average of .191. If you're looking for an underdog on Sunday's card, the Angels may be worth a value play. 

Los Angeles Angels +128

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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