MLB Winning Favorites For Los Angeles At Houston Match
It can be a little disheartening to be so early in the season and still find yourself way back in the division title race. That is how the teams in the NL West must feel right now as they look up at the Huston Astros and the 12-game lead that they have built at the top. The Astros are a team that look like a legitimate World Series contender, although people in Houston may be saying that in hushed tones, as they will not want to jinx anything. The LA Angels will head into Houston this weekend, and will need to do so without the services of arguably the best player in the game, as Mike Trout is still out with a broken hand that required surgery. The Angels are 13 games back of the Astros for the division lead, and all they can really do is try to win this series and chip away at a lead that is beginning to look more and more unassailable. Find the latest MLB betting odds here.
A Closer Look At The 2017 MLB Winning Favorites For Angels At Astros Match
When: Friday, June 9 at 7:05 PM EST
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
Starting Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker Vs Brad Peacock
TV: FS-W, ROOTSW
Radio: KWKW 1330, KLAA 830, La Nueva 94.1 FM, KBME 790
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: Houston Astros Moneyline -187
Why bet on the Los Angeles Angels
The LA Angels (30-32) were not having an awful start to the season, but the injury to Trout is a gap that is impossible to fill. In fairness, Albert Pujols is trying to do his part to pick up the slack, as he is hitting HR balls over the place, including the 600th of his career. The impact of the loss of Trout cannot be ignored, though, as the Angels are now just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and have been overtaken by the Mariners for second spot in the division. It certainly doesn’t help that the Angels are just 12-20 on the road this season, and have only managed 2 wins in 7 previous games versus the Astros this year. Matt Shoemaker (5-3, 4.12 ERA) will be on the mound for the Angels on Friday.
Why bet on the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros (42-18) are good, and when you look at their stats, they are certainly not using smoke and mirrors to compile this record. They are 1st in just about all the major offensive stats, and are also up near the top in all the important pitching and defensive stats. Yes, they have lost their last two games, but those came on the heels of an 11-game winning streak. The Astros have totally dominated the West, going 20-6 against division rivals, which includes a 5-2 record versus the Angels this season. They are also 20-10 at home, which is also among the best in the league. Brad Peacock (3-0, 2.30 ERA) will start for the Astros.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Astros have already dominated the Angels this season, and they did so when Mike Trout was still in the line-up for LA. This is a series that Houston should win, and it all begins with a victory on Friday night.