One of the best division races in all of baseball betting can be found in the AL West, where the LA Angels and Houston Astros are trading blows like prize fighters. The Angels have a 1 game lead right now, but that could all change when these two meet up for a 3-game series in Houston, with game 2 set for Wednesday night.
A Look at the LA Angels vs Houston Astros Game Preview & MLB OddsDate: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015Time: 06:10 PMVenue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TexasOpening MLB Odds: Houston -121The Angels (55-43) spent the better part of the first half playing second fiddle to the Astros, but they closed things out by taking 11 of 14 games, which was enough to get them on top of the division at the break. Despite just breaking up a 3-game losing skid, the Angels have managed to go an impressive 7-3 to start the second half, and are maintaining their lead at the top, although the Astros are doing an excellent job of keeping pace. There are a lot of things to like about this Angels team, but it’s also fair to say that it’s Mike Trout who is their driving force. This is a young man who can seemingly do everything, and you have to believe that the Angels would be in some serious trouble where he to ever go down with an injury. Garrett Richards (10-7, 3.25 ERA) will get the start as he tries to bounce back from a loss in his last outing. This division has essentially come down to a 2-horse race, and the Astros (55-45) are certainly doing their part to keep things entertaining.They, too, have come out hot to start the second half, although they are coming off a series against the Kansas City Royals where they dropped 2 of 3. The Astros have strengthened their starting rotation with the acquisition of Scott Kazmir, who was nothing short of brilliant in his first start over the weekend. He will be a vital piece in a team who many believe can make some noise in the postseason. It will be Lance McCullers (4-3, 2.60 ERA) who will take to the mound for the Astros on Wednesday night. McCullers has been sharp for the majority of the season, but often suffers from a lack of run support from his offense.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Angel’s last 9 games when playing Houston
- LA Angels is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
- Houston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
- Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against LA Angels