Houston Astros (78-50) at Los Angeles Angels (63-66)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 25, 2018, 9:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +154 / Houston Astros -164 --- Over/Under: 8
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.
The Houston Astros look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Astros have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Houston Astros have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 138 hits and 48 RBI while Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 255 hits and 140 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and 223 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 11-8 with a 2.99 ERA and 140 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Angels have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost 13 of their last 16 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 130 hits and 58 RBI while Justin Upton and Mike Trout have combined for 238 hits and 134 RBI. Jaime Barria gets the ball, and he is 8-7 with a 3.41 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. This will be Barria’s second career game against the Astros.
The Astros are 36-16 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series, 5-12 in their last 17 vs. American League West and 14-3 in Verlanders last 17 road starts. The Angels are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League West and 4-1 in Barrias last 5 starts. The Astros are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and 5-0 in Verlanders last 5 starts vs. Angels.
The Astros have lost four of Verlander's last seven starts, but it has little to do with Verlander and more to do with a banged up Astros offense that isn't producing. The Astros are as healthy as they've been in a while, and Verlander is still a pitcher who is allowing a .206 batting average on the season and has given up two or less runs in six of his last nine starts. The Los Angeles Angels have been piling up the losses all month, the pitching staff can't stop getting rocked and this looks like a team ready for the offseason. Overall, this is a rather cheap price for one of the top pitchers in baseball. I'll take it.