Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros 8/31/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, August 31, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Jaime Barria vs. Framber Valdez
The Los Angeles Angels head to Minute Maid Park on Friday, August 31, 2018 to take on the Houston Astros. The expected starting pitchers are Jaime Barria for the Angels and Framber Valdez for the Astros.
The odds for this matchup have Los Angeles at +190 and Houston at -205. The Angels have a 63-66-4 over/under mark and a 58-75-0 run line record. The Astros are 67-66-0 against the run line and have a 59-67-7 over/under record.
Valuable Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 63-66-4 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Angels are 58-75-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 59-67-7 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 67-66-0 against the run line
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
08/29/18 DH Albert Pujols Knee is out for season
08/21/18 LF Justin Upton Finger 10-day DL (08/19)
08/15/18 LF Chris Young Hamstring 60-day DL
08/13/18 P Tyler Skaggs Groin 10-day DL (08/12)
08/07/18 P Nick Tropeano Shoulder 10-day DL (08/07)
07/12/18 P Garrett Richards Forearm 60-day DL (07/11)
06/27/18 P John Lamb Elbow 60-day DL (06/27)
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)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
08/29/18 P Charlie Morton Shoulder 10-day DL (08/29)
08/12/18 CF Jake Marisnick Groin 10-day DL (08/11)
08/05/18 P Lance McCullers Jr. Elbow 10-day DL (08/05)
07/03/18 C Brian McCann Knee 10-day DL (07/01)
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)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Angels have a 64-69 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jaime Barria has a 8-8 record with an earned run average of 3.67 and a WHIP of 1.27 this year. He has 77 strikeouts over his 100.2 innings pitched and he's given up 99 hits. He allows 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.58. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.73 and they have given up 469 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen and they've struck out 487 hitters and walked 206 batters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.1. The Angels pitchers collectively have given up 1,114 base hits and 539 earned runs. They have allowed 173 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 449 batters and struck out 1,146. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.41.
As a team Los Angeles is hitting .247, good for 16th in the league. The Angels hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Andrelton Simmons is hitting .293 with an on-base percentage of .341. He has 133 hits this season in 454 at bats with 60 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .414 and an OPS+ of 108. Justin Upton is hitting .267 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .352. He has totaled 121 hits and he has driven in 74 men in 454 at bats. His OPS+ is 126 while his slugging percentage is at .474. The Angels have 1,116 hits, including 211 doubles and 175 home runs. Los Angeles has walked 421 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,045 times as a unit. They have left 887 men on base and have a team OPS of .735. They score 4.55 runs per contest and have scored a total of 605 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 82-51 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 0.96, Framber Valdez has a 2-0 record and a 0.86 WHIP this season. He has 7 strikeouts over the 9.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 4 hits. He allows 3.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.91. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.01 and they have given up 306 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 466 batters and walked 102 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.13. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 956 base knocks and 416 earned runs this season. They have given up 126 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 345 hitters and struck out 1,387 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.09 while their FIP as a staff is 3.22.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 7th in the league. The Astros hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Yuli Gurriel comes into this matchup batting .280 with an OBP of .314. He has 123 hits this year along with 64 RBI in 440 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .405 with an OPS+ of 100. Alex Bregman is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .395. He has collected 146 hits in 499 at bats while driving in 86 runs. He has an OPS+ of 157 and a slugging percentage of .533. The Astros as a unit have 1,158 base hits, including 240 doubles and 172 homers. Houston has walked 464 times this year and they have struck out on 1,010 occasions. They have had 864 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They have scored 4.99 runs per game and totaled 664 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Angels/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros -205
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