Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels 5/16/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Garrett Richards
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The Houston Astros visit Angel Stadium on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Justin Verlander for the Astros and Garrett Richards for the Angels.
The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -128 and Los Angeles at +118. The Astros have a 14-27-2 over/under record and a 22-21-0 run line mark. The Angels are 13-27-0 against the run line and have a 20-19-1 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 14-27-2 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 22-21-0 against the run line
Important Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 20-19-1 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Angels are 13-27-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
05/15/18 P Sean Isaac Elbow 10-day DL (05/14)
05/05/18 P JC Ramirez Elbow 60-day DL (04/09)
04/24/18 P Blake Wood Elbow 10-day DL (04/23)
04/04/18 P Matt Shoemaker Forearm 10-day DL (04/01)
03/26/18 P Alex Meyer Shoulder 60-day DL (02/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 26-17 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 4-2 record with an earned run average of 1.21 and a WHIP of 0.72 this season. He has 77 strikeouts over his 59.2 innings pitched and he's given up 30 hits. He's allowed 4.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.24. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.05 and they have given up 87 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the bullpen and they've struck out 122 hitters and walked 28 batters. As a team, Houston allows 6.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.48. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 269 base hits and 106 earned runs. They have allowed 33 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 106 batters and struck out 450. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 0.98 and their FIP as a unit is 2.84.
As a team Houston is hitting .255, good for 9th in the league. The Astros hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Jose Altuve is hitting .305 with an on-base percentage of .358. He has 53 hits this season in 174 at bats with 17 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .402 and an OPS+ of 115. Carlos Correa is hitting .295 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .383. He has totaled 43 hits and he has driven in 29 men in 146 at bats. His OPS+ is 152 while his slugging percentage is at .521. The Astros have 370 hits, including 82 doubles and 46 home runs. Houston has walked 157 times so far this season and they have struck out 361 times as a unit. They have left 306 men on base and have a team OPS of .742. They score 4.72 runs per contest and have scored a total of 203 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 25-16 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.08, Garrett Richards has a 4-1 record and a 1.31 WHIP. He has 49 strikeouts over the 39.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 32 hits. He's allowing 7.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.9. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.60 and they have given up 159 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 167 batters and walked 71 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 342 base knocks and 160 earned runs this season. They have given up 47 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 156 hitters and struck out 387 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.06.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 7th in the league. The Angels hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .310 with an OBP of .448. He has 45 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 145 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .641 with an OPS+ of 197. Andrelton Simmons is hitting .338 this season and he has an OBP of .404. He has collected 49 hits in 145 at bats while driving in 23 runs. He has an OPS+ of 148 and a slugging percentage of .497. The Angels as a unit have 372 base hits, including 67 doubles and 56 homers. Los Angeles has walked 134 times this year and they have struck out on 314 occasions. They have had 288 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They have scored 4.98 runs per game and totaled 204 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros -128
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