Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker vs. Lance McCullers
The Los Angeles Angels head to Minute Maid Park on Wednesday to take on the Houston Astros. The probable pitchers are Matt Shoemaker for the Angels and Lance McCullers for the Astros. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles at +148 and Houston at -158. The over/under is 8. The Angels have a 28-41-3 over/under mark and a 35-37-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Astros are 32-39-0 against the run line and have a 33-33-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
The Angels head into this game with a 31-39 record, and they are 16-19 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker has a 3-7 record with an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.27. He has 77 strikeouts during his 74 innings pitched and he has given up 79 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.4. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have allowed 220 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the pen while they've been struck out 186 times and walked 83 times this year. As a unit, Los Angeles has given up 7.21 base hits per nine innings while striking out 9.35 hitters per nine. They are 3rd in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.34. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 630 base hits and 303 earned runs. They have allowed 92 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 217 batters and struck out 500. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.60.
As a team, Los Angeles is hitting .234, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .242 average on the road. The Angels have a .384 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .309 which is good for 23rd in the league. They rank 28th in baseball with 7.88 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this game hitting .298 and his on-base percentage is at .403. He has 76 hits this season along with 47 runs scored and 47 runs batted in. He's struck out 56 times and has walked 45 times. Kole Calhoun is hitting .286 and he has an on-base percentage of .363. He has totaled 74 hits so far while scoring 43 runs and he's driven in 38. He has walked 30 times and has struck out 55 times. The Angels have 611 hits, including 119 doubles and 66 home runs. They've stolen 22 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Los Angeles has walked 205 times this season and they've struck out 422 times as a unit. They've left 441 men on base and have a team OPS of .718. They score 4.34 runs per contest and have scored a total of 304 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this game with a 20-15 home mark and a 35-36 overall record. With an ERA of 4.24, Lance McCullers has a 3-2 record and a 1.69 WHIP. He has 50 strikeouts over the 40.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 42 hits. He has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.9. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.26 and they have given up 202 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 259 times and walking 54 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 8.91 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.38 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 645 base knocks and 292 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 76 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 189 hitters and struck out 607. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 3.72.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .240 average at home. The Astros hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.25 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .343 and he has an OBP of .423. He has 95 hits this year along with 50 runs scored and 40 RBI. He's struck out 28 times and has walked on 36 occasions. Carlos Correa is hitting .259 and he has an OBP of .359. He has collected 66 hits so far while he's scored 32 runs and drove in 36. He has earned a walk 37 times and has punched out 72 times. The Astros as a unit have 586 base hits, including 121 doubles and 89 homers. They have 58 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 20 times. Houston as a team has walked 278 times this year and they have struck out 679 times. They've had 500 men left on base and have an OPS of .731. They score 4.28 runs per game and have totaled 304 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 28-41-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 35-37-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 33-33-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 32-39-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 15-day DL (6/14)
06/07/16 P Joe Smith Hamstring 15-day DL (6/7)
06/04/16 P Nick Tropeano Shoulder 15-day DL (6/3)
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)
No key injuries to report
Guy's Pick: Take the Astros
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