Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Lance McCullers vs. Tim Lincecum
The Houston Astros head to Angel Stadium on Tuesday to take on the Los Angeles Angels. The probable pitchers are Lance McCullers for the Astros and Tim Lincecum for the Angels. The opening line for this game has Houston at -130 and Los Angeles at +120. The over/under is 8.5. The Astros have a 35-36-5 over/under mark and a 34-42-0 run line record, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Angels are 35-42-0 against the run line and have a 30-44-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
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The Astros head into this game with a 39-37 record, and they are 17-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Lance McCullers has a 3-2 record with an ERA of 3.91 and a WHIP of 1.67. He has 56 strikeouts during his 46 innings pitched and he has given up 48 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.87. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.25 and they have allowed 217 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the pen while they've been struck out 267 times and walked 56 times this year. As a unit, Houston has given up 9.04 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.23 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.01. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 699 base hits and 310 earned runs. They have allowed 83 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 200 batters and struck out 636. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.79.
As a team, Houston is hitting .243, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .246 average on the road. The Astros have a .416 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .326 which is good for 13th in the league. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.33 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .347 and his on-base percentage is at .425. He has 103 hits this season along with 54 runs scored and 44 runs batted in. He's struck out 31 times and has walked 38 times. Carlos Correa is hitting .261 and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 72 hits so far while scoring 36 runs and he's driven in 42. He has walked 39 times and has struck out 76 times. The Astros have 633 hits, including 134 doubles and 97 home runs. They've stolen 59 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. Houston has walked 300 times this season and they've struck out 719 times as a unit. They've left 530 men on base and have a team OPS of .741. They score 4.43 runs per contest and have scored a total of 337 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this game with a 16-23 home mark and a 32-44 overall record. With an ERA of 5.00, Tim Lincecum has a 1-1 record and a 1.67 WHIP. He has 4 strikeouts over the 9 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 11 hits. He has allowed 11 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.35. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.91 and they have given up 238 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 198 times and walking 90 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.39 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.22 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.44. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 687 base knocks and 334 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 101 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 239 hitters and struck out 535. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.67.
As a team, they are batting .236, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .227 average at home. The Angels hold a .385 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 27th in baseball with 7.9 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .313 and he has an OBP of .411. He has 88 hits this year along with 53 runs scored and 52 RBI. He's struck out 61 times and has walked on 47 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 83 hits so far while he's scored 45 runs and drove in 40. He has earned a walk 30 times and has punched out 60 times. The Angels as a unit have 673 base hits, including 126 doubles and 73 homers. They have 26 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 16 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 216 times this year and they have struck out 456 times. They've had 492 men left on base and have an OPS of .721. They score 4.29 runs per game and have totaled 326 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 35-36-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 34-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 30-44-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 35-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
No key injuries to report
Los Angeles Angels
06/26/16 3B Yunel Escobar Knee "?" Monday vs. Houston Astros
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 15-day DL (6/14)
06/07/16 P Joe Smith Hamstring 15-day DL (6/7)
06/01/16 2B Cliff Pennington Hamstring 15-day DL (6/1)
05/18/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (5/17)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 60-day DL (4/26)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder 60-day DL (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Angels
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