Saturday, October 1, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Collin McHugh vs. Jhoulys Chacin
The Houston Astros head to Angel Stadium on Saturday to take on the Los Angeles Angels. The probable pitchers are Collin McHugh for the Astros and Jhoulys Chacin for the Angels. The Astros have a 72-79-8 over/under mark and a 71-88-0 run line record, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Angels are 77-82-0 against the run line and have a 69-83-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
The Astros head into this game with a 83-76 record, and they are 40-38 on the road. Starting pitcher Collin McHugh has a 12-10 record with an ERA of 4.53 and a WHIP of 1.45. He has 172 strikeouts during his 177 innings pitched and he has given up 203 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have allowed 469 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the pen while they've been struck out 609 times and walked 149 times this year. As a unit, Houston has given up 8.87 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 hitters per nine. They are 11th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.06. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 1,422 base hits and 650 earned runs. They have allowed 179 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 441 batters and struck out 1,378. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.84.
As a team, Houston is hitting .247, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .255 average on the road. The Astros have a .419 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .319 which is good for 19th in the league. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.44 hits per contest. George Springer comes into this game hitting .262 and his on-base percentage is at .361. He has 166 hits this season along with 116 runs scored and 82 runs batted in. He's struck out 176 times and has walked 88 times. Jose Altuve is hitting .337 and he has an on-base percentage of .396. He has totaled 212 hits so far while scoring 107 runs and he's driven in 96. He has walked 59 times and has struck out 69 times. The Astros have 1,342 hits, including 286 doubles and 198 home runs. They've stolen 99 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 44 times. Houston has walked 547 times this season and they've struck out 1,429 times as a unit. They've left 1,062 men on base and have a team OPS of .738. They score 4.52 runs per contest and have scored a total of 719 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this game with a 38-40 home mark and a 72-87 overall record. With an ERA of 5.06, Jhoulys Chacin has a 5-8 record and a 1.48 WHIP. He has 112 strikeouts over the 137 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 149 hits. He has allowed 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.13. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.81 and they have given up 526 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 426 times and walking 185 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.75 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.37 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.65. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,455 base knocks and 671 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 208 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 491 hitters and struck out 1,113. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.66.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .253 average at home. The Angels hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.55 hits per contest. Yunel Escobar comes into this matchup batting .308 and he has an OBP of .360. He has 157 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 38 RBI. He's struck out 66 times and has walked on 40 occasions. Mike Trout is hitting .318 and he has an OBP of .441. He has collected 172 hits so far while he's scored 123 runs and drove in 99. He has earned a walk 113 times and has punched out 134 times. The Angels as a unit have 1,391 base hits, including 273 doubles and 154 homers. They have 69 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 33 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 459 times this year and they have struck out 973 times. They've had 1,020 men left on base and have an OPS of .728. They score 4.42 runs per game and have totaled 702 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 72-79-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 71-88-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 69-83-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 77-82-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/22/16 LF Preston Tucker Shoulder 15-day DL (8/11); out for season
09/06/16 P Dallas Keuchel Shoulder out indefinitely
08/03/16 P Lance McCullers Elbow 15-day DL (8/2)
07/29/16 3B Luis Valbuena Hamstring 15-day DL (7/27)
Los Angeles Angels
09/29/16 CF Mike Trout Shoulder injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Houston Astros
09/28/16 3B Yunel Escobar Shoulder "?" Friday vs. Houston Astros
09/26/16 P Jered Weaver Back "?" for next scheduled start
09/16/16 P Tyler Skaggs Forearm out indefinitely
09/06/16 P Matt Shoemaker Head 60-day DL (9/5), out for season
09/05/16 P Huston Street Knee 60-day DL (8/2); out for season
08/18/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (8/15)
08/10/16 P Cam Bedrosian Blood Clot 15-day DL (8/4), out for season
07/20/16 P Nick Tropeano Elbow 60-day DL (7/19)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Angels
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