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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Picks, Predictions, Odds

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Analysis

The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels play the third of a three-game series on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Astros are currently atop the American League West standings with a 57-30 record. Away from Minute Maid Park, Houston owns a 30-18 mark. The Angels are 19 games back in the American League West standings with records of 39-50 overall and 22-24 at home on the year.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Prediction

The Angels send LHP Reid Detmers to the mound against Houston’s 12th ranked scoring offense on Thursday night (4.53 RSPG), who’s having a decent rookie campaign sitting 2-3 with a 4.22 ERA across 18 appearances this season, which already includes a lackluster outing against the Astros back on April (4 IP, 2 ER).

On the other hand, the Astros send LHP Framber Valdez to the hill against L. A.’s 25th ranked scoring offense tonight (4.01 RSP), who’s having the best campaign of his career currently sitting 8-4 with a 2.64 ERA across 17 starts this season (0.99 WHIP), which includes two excellent outings against the Angels (12.2 IP, 2 ER), as well as one awful performance (4.1 IP, 6 ER).

I’ll back Houston here, as Detmers has been incredibly inconsistent for the Angels recently, considering he’s 0-2 with a 4.64 ERA across his last seven outings (1.24 WHIP); setting the stage for an unfavorable pitching matchup against Valdez, who’s tossed six innings or more and allowed two runs or less in eight of his last 12 starts for the Astros (7-2, 2.40 ERA).

Score Prediction: Astros 6, Angels 3
Best Bet:
Astros -1.5 (+100)

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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Odds

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Resources

  • Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022
  • Matchup: AL West vs. AL West
  • Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  • Location: Anaheim, California
  • Time-TV: 8:07 p.m. ET – MLB.tv

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels – Current Form

Houston continues to thrive, winning five out of their last seven games against the Royals and the Athletics. In the third contest against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, the Houston Astros were in their best form in the last seven games, keeping the Oakland Athletics at only one run.

The second of four matches on Tuesday marked an nine-run effort by Houston against the Kansas City Royals, which was their best performance this week. The Angels went 1-1 against the Marlins last Wednesday, but lost 1-1 to the Orioles in their next game on Sunday. Game four with the Baltimore Orioles was Los Angeles’s worst in the last six, as they failed to produce a single run. Their worst game was on Saturday, when the Los Angeles Angels didn’t score any runs against the Baltimore Orioles in the third contest of a four-game series.

Their worst performance in the last six games was allowing nine runs on Sunday, in the fourth match of the series played against the Baltimore Orioles.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels – Pitching Matchup

Houston: Framber Valdez (8-4, 2.64 ERA)

Houston ace Framber Valdez toes the rubber for his 17th start of the season as he looks to improve on a 8-4 mark and 2.64 ERA. The left-hander has put together a 1.11 WHIP to go along with 96 strikeouts and 40 walks in 109 innings of work. Houston’s 28-year-old left-hander lost his last start, which came on the road against the Oakland Athletics on July 9, 2022. He threw eight innings, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a 3-2 Astros loss. Valdez owns a 5-2 road record this season in 10 starts away from Minute Maid Park. In those away outings, he has posted a 1.75 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, 25 walks, and 49 strikeouts in 66.2 innings of work.

Los Angeles: Reid Detmers (2-3, 4.22 ERA)

Los Angeles’ left-hander Reid Detmers takes the mound for his 13th start of the season. Detmers looks to improve on a 2-3 record and 4.22 ERA in 64 innings, while striking out 51, walking 22 batters, and posting a 1.05 WHIP. The 23-year-old left-hander didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, when the Angels lost to the Baltimore Orioles on July 8, 2022 on the road. Detmers tossed six innings in the 5-4 defeat by the Baltimore Orioles, while earning two hits, seven strikeouts and one walk. In seven home starts this season, Detmers has compiled a 2-2 record in 38.1 innings, while striking out 23, walking 10 batters, and putting together a 3.52 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels – Series History

Houston had a great 2021 season in this matchup, tallying a 13-6 mark. In the first games of this season, Houston has come away with wins eight times.

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