Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels 7/21/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Nick Tropeano
The Houston Astros visit Angel Stadium on Saturday, July 21, 2018 to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Justin Verlander for the Astros and Nick Tropeano for the Angels.
The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -160 and Los Angeles at +150. The Astros have a 45-49-5 over/under record and a 50-49-0 run line mark. The Angels are 43-53-0 against the run line and have a 46-47-3 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 45-49-5 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 50-49-0 against the run line
Important Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 46-47-3 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Angels are 43-53-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
07/03/18 C Brian McCann Knee 10-day DL (07/01)
06/28/18 SS Carlos Correa Back 10-day DL (06/26)
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
07/19/18 P Nick Tropeano Shoulder 10-day DL (06/12); expected to be activated and start Saturday vs Houston Astros
07/13/18 DH Albert Pujols Knee 10-day DL (07/13)
07/12/18 P Garrett Richards Forearm 10-day DL (07/11)
07/05/18 LF Chris Young Hamstring 10-day DL (07/04)
06/29/18 SS Zack Cozart Shoulder 60-day DL (06/29)
06/27/18 P John Lamb Elbow 10-day DL (06/27)
06/16/18 P Jim Johnson Back 10-day DL (06/12)
06/08/18 3B Kaleb Cowart Ankle 10-day DL (06/07)
05/21/18 C Rene Rivera Knee 60-day DL (05/17)
05/21/18 P Keynan Middleton Elbow 60-day DL (05/21)
05/21/18 P Matt Shoemaker Forearm 60-day DL (04/01)
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 60-day DL (04/23)
03/26/18 P Alex Meyer Shoulder 60-day DL (02/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 64-35 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 9-5 record with an earned run average of 2.29 and a WHIP of 0.84 this season. He has 172 strikeouts over his 137.2 innings pitched and he's given up 91 hits. He's allowed 5.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.83. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.75 and they have given up 218 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 335 hitters and walked 70 batters. As a team, Houston allows 6.9 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 2.94. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 686 base hits and 292 earned runs. They have allowed 90 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 260 batters and struck out 1,042. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.06 and their FIP as a unit is 3.13.
As a team Houston is hitting .261, good for 3rd in the league. The Astros hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .334, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .249 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 94 hits this season in 378 at bats with 46 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .415 and an OPS+ of . Jose Altuve is hitting .332 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .394. He has totaled 129 hits and he has driven in 44 men in 389 at bats. His OPS+ is while his slugging percentage is at .470. The Astros have 879 hits, including 183 doubles and 126 home runs. Houston has walked 350 times so far this season and they have struck out 754 times as a unit. They have left 664 men on base and have a team OPS of .768. They score 5.05 runs per contest and have scored a total of 500 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 49-48 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.83, Nick Tropeano has a 3-4 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 44 strikeouts over the 54 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 53 hits. He's allowing 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.85. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.81 and they have given up 347 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 365 batters and walked 147 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 804 base knocks and 367 earned runs this season. They have given up 125 home runs this year, which ranks 4th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 328 hitters and struck out 877 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.25.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 20th in the league. The Angels hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Andrelton Simmons comes into this matchup batting .313 with an OBP of .371. He has 101 hits this year along with 41 RBI in 323 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .443 with an OPS+ of . Mike Trout is hitting .310 this season and he has an OBP of .454. He has collected 104 hits in 335 at bats while driving in 50 runs. He has an OPS+ of and a slugging percentage of .606. The Angels as a unit have 805 base hits, including 146 doubles and 130 homers. Los Angeles has walked 316 times this year and they have struck out on 745 occasions. They have had 668 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They have scored 4.38 runs per game and totaled 425 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros -160
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