The Houston Astros continue to hold onto first place in the American League West and remains favorites in the MLB betting odds. They had started off the 2015 season at a torrid pace, but they had a less consistent June and July, and the Los Angeles Angels pushed ahead of them to take over first in the division. The Astros leapfrogged back over them in the middle of July, but the Angels and the Rangers continue to push the Astros in the division race. Can they hold onto the division crown?
How Will the Astros Keep Winning In The MLB Betting Odds?
Here Are the Reasons Why the Astros Will Keep Covering the MLB Betting Lines
One reason why the Astros will be strong down the stretch is their two likely 20-game winners – Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh. Keuchel has been getting the attention and the press because of his start in the All-Star Game, but they both are pitching well – and they are winning enough for each of them to tally 20 victories by the end of the season. Having 40 wins from two pitchers goes a long way toward taking stress off the rest of the staff. Keuchel is likely to win the Cy Young as well – he is in the league’s top ten for strikeouts, complete games, wins, ERA and fewest home runs permitted per nine innings.
Carlos Correa is having a huge rookie season since his callup on June 8. In his first 51 games, Correa has hit .291, slugged 14 home runs, driven in 36 runs and scored 31 of his own. He might be the best shortstop in the game right now, but he’s definitely on track to win the American League Rookie of the Year award.
Even with these strengths in place, though, the Astros have a penchant for hitting a cold streak at the wrong time, such as a recent sweep by the Texas Rangers. They have the tools in place to contend for the division title – and well beyond – but they are likely to continue to hit icy patches on the road as the season wears on.
The Houston Astros have not been to the World Series since 2005, when they were still in the National League and fell to the Chicago White Sox. This year, it would be hard to see the Astros falling all the way out of the playoffs. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Angels or Rangers catch Houston for the division. Texas has two primo pitchers returning to the lineup as Martin Perez has come back from Tommy John surgery and Derek Holland is about to return from his own injuries. That arguably gives Texas a slightly better rotation, at least in terms of experience. Also, the bats of Josh Hamilton and Prince Fielder are starting to warm up again. The Angels also remain dangerous as Mike Trout has been going on a tear with the bat. The Astros should win at least a wild card, although it’s hard to imagine anyone getting past Kansas City to win the pennant. For now, though, things are looking good for the Houston Astros.