Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels – MLB Betting Analysis, Picks
The Angels made things interesting on Opening Day but fell just short against the Astros. Houston will look to establish their AL West dominance again with back-to-back road victories in Anaheim.
Meanwhile, the Halos will attempt to rebound on Friday. Their bats struggled on Thursday, so they will try to wake up the offense in this matchup.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:38 P.M. PST on Friday, April 8th, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
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Houston Astros Betting Stats & Analysis
Framber Valdez is an ace. His name may not jump off the page, but the left-hander is an ace.
Valdez went 6.2 with six strikeouts while walking just one batter, allowing two hits, and giving up no runs. He shutdown an offense that features superstars such as Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, and Anthony Rendon while pitching on the road.
Truly a great performance for one of the more underrated hurlers in baseball.
Houston’s bats struggled against Ohtani on the mound. The only batter who saw him well was Michael Brantley, who singled against Shohei early in the game and then smashed a double off the right-center wall later in the contest. Brantley ultimately came around to score following a base hit from Alex Bregman.
Bregman did the most overall damage at the plate. The third baseman drove in two runs on two hits to go along with a home run. Yordan Alvarez followed Bregman’s homer with a home run of his own.
The Astros ended up winning the pitching duel 3-1. They will send RHP Jake Odorizzi to the mound on Friday in hopes that he can post another solid performance on the hill. Odorizzi may not have the same stuff as Valdez, but he is still a capable arm.
Houston will look to get things going on offense as well. They can’t expect to score only three runs and keep beating the Angels and their star-studded lineup.
The Astros will look to take a 2-0 series lead on Friday night.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Stats & Analysis
The Angels kept the score close throughout the game. It was 1-0 from the third through the eighth inning. But the one area of their game that they have relied on for many years failed them Thursday.
The Angels have long been known as a hitting-heavy team that fails to pitch the ball well. But the opposite happened on Opening Day. Shohei Ohtani went 4.2 innings one one-run baseball while striking out nine and allowing just four hits.
The newly formed Angels bullpen was almost perfect following Ohtani’s departure. Aaron Loup, Austin Warren, and Jose Quijada combined to allow no runs and no hits over 2.1 innings. However, Ryan Tepera served up back-to-back home runs to Bregman and Alvarez in the eighth inning.
Regardless, the Angels were unable to get any form of offense going until the bottom of the eighth, when David Fletcher smashed an RBI base triple to left-field.
Mike Trout then led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, and Anthony Rendon hit a deep fly ball to right-center that most of the stadium thought was leaving the ballpark. But it ultimately died just in front of the track for a long flyout.
Tyler Wade then grounded into a game-ending double play to cap off an overall frustrating night for the Angel bats.
They will look to rebound on Friday with young right-handed Reid Detmers on the bump.
Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
Los Angeles Angels:
- The Angels have an 0-1 run line record.
- They have an over/under record of 0-1 to start the season.
- LA has an 0-1 run line record as the favorite.
- The Astros have a 1-0 run line record.
- They have an over/under record of 0-1 to begin the season.
- Houston has a 1-0 run line record as the underdog.
Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels Betting Odds
The Angels are the favorite, according to most sportsbooks entering Friday’s action. However, Mybookie is rolling with Houston on the road.
Neither team looked overly dominant on Thursday. Both pitching staffs were strong, and the defenses were mostly good, with the exception of a few missed plays for both teams. Offensively, the Angels and Astros both labored to get much of anything going besides the Astros’ two-run eighth.
There is a strong chance that Friday provides another nail-biting finish.
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Can the Angels rebound on Friday? Or is Houston destined to take a commanding 2-0 series lead?
I fully expect more offense from both sides on Friday. Odorizzi and Detmers are not the kind of pitchers known to shut down strong offenses. We should see bounce-back games from guys like Jose Altuve and Shohei Ohtani.
The X-Factor will be Jared Walsh on Friday. Walsh was batting sixth against the Astros’ Framber Valdez since Valdez is a lefty. But he likely will move to the middle of the order with the right-handed Odorizzi on the hill.
And as a bonus prediction, expect Walsh to drive in a couple of runs and lead the Angels to their first victory of the year.
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