Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Hector Santiago (8-9) vs. Lance McCullers (5-6)
The Houston Astros welcome the Los Angeles Angels to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. Hector Santiago is the probable starter for the Angels and he'll face Lance McCullers of the Astros. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +160 and Houston at -170. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Angels, with a 66-83 run line record, cover the spread 46% of the time. They also have a 69-73 over/under record. The Astros have a 67-75 over/under record and a 79-71 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 53% of the time.
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The Angels come into this game with a 76-73 record, and they are 32-42 away from home. Hector Santiago has a 8-9 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.47 and a 1.25 WHIP. The Angels are 15-14 over his 166 innings pitched and he's also given up 144 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Angels are 14-15 in his starts. The team is averaging 4.8 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.80 and they have given up 415 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 409 and walked 144 batters this season while opposing teams hit .244 against them. Los Angeles has a team average of 8.15 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.37, they are 3rd in the league.
Los Angeles is batting .252 as a team, which is good for 19th in the league and hitting .250 away from home. The Angels hold a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 3rd in baseball. With 154 hits, Mike Trout leads the team while his team ranks 25th in hits per game with 8.37.
With a 79-71 overall record, Houston will come into this game 50-25 at home. Lance McCullers has a record of 5-6 while sporting an earned run average of 3.18 on the year with a 1.22 WHIP. The Astros have a record of 7-12 over the 107.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 92 hits. Against the over/under, the Astros are 8-8 when he starts. The team is averaging 3.9 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.16 and they have given up 333 base hits on the year. The Astros bullpen has struck out 426 batters and walked 126 this season while opposing teams have hit .211 against them. Houston has a team average of 8.1 hits per game and are averaging 7.93 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.53, they are 5th in the league.
They are batting .246 as a team, which is good for 26th in the league and hitting .251 at home. The Astros hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 23rd in baseball. With 182 hits, Jose Altuve leads the team while his team ranks 29th in hits per game with 8.25.
Los Angeles has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 81 errors with 1,364 assists and 3,980 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Astros have accumulated 72 errors while having 1,506 assists and 4,005 put outs leading to a .987 fielding percentage.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 69-73 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 66-83 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 67-75 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 79-71 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
09/19/15 P Joe Smith Ankle out indefinitely
08/26/15 2B Johnny Giavotella Eye Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/21)
07/31/15 P C.J. Wilson Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/29); out for season
04/16/15 P Tyler Skaggs Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
09/20/15 CF Carlos Gomez Side doubtful Monday vs. Los Angeles Angels
09/11/15 P Scott Feldman Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/14); out for season
05/19/15 P Samuel Deduno Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/14), out for season
04/17/15 P Brad Peacock Hip Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/14); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Angels
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