Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 9/4/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Friday, September 4, 2020
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (-102) Angels (-108)
Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels (12-25, 5th in AL West) play the Houston Astros (20-15, 2nd in AL West) at Angel Stadium on Friday. The moneyline on this game has the Astros coming in at -102 and the Angels are at -108. The over/under opens at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Lance McCullers Jr and Dylan Bundy.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/3/2020 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
9/3/2020 Josh James RP Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/3/2020 Alex Bregman 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
9/3/2020 Jose Altuve 2B Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
9/3/2020 Chris Devenski RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
9/1/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/1/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
9/2/2020 David Fletcher SS Ankle Probable for Sep 3
8/31/2020 Parker Markel RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/31/2020 Max Stassi C Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/29/2020 Hoby Milner RP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
7/23/2020 Justin Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 20-15 overall record this season. McCullers has taken the hill for 491 innings and has totaled 541 strikeouts thus far in his career. His earned run average is 3.78 (206 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.275. He has surrendered 435 base knocks (8.0 hits per nine innings) and has 191 walks. McCullers (32-24 career mark) sits with a FIP of 3.34 while he has gone up against 2,069 batters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.19 and they have given up 128 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the bullpen and they've struck out 137 hitters and walked 76 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 274 base hits and 143 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 143 batters and struck out 304. They have walked 4.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team Houston is hitting .247, good for 14th in the league. The Astros hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Yuli Gurriel is hitting .273 with an on-base percentage of .329. He has 35 hits this season in 128 at bats with 14 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .484 and an OPS+ of 115. Michael Brantley is hitting .300 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .378. He has totaled 24 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 80 at bats. His OPS+ is 139 while his slugging percentage is at .525. The Astros have 290 hits, including 65 doubles and 40 home runs. Houston has walked 129 times so far this season and they have struck out 260 times as a unit. They have left 225 men on base and have a team OPS of .747. They score 5.23 runs per contest and have scored a total of 183 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 12-25 overall mark this year. Bundy (42-47 career mark) has earned a 4.53 earned run average while giving up 8.8 hits per nine innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.99 and he has faced 2,801 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. In his MLB career, Bundy has surrendered 641 hits while he has earned 649 K's in 658 innings pitched. He has conceded 331 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.304 and a FIP of 4.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.82 and they have given up 143 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 151 batters and walked 70 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 5.17. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 310 base knocks and 186 earned runs this season. They have given up 44 home runs this year, which ranks 21st in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 141 hitters and struck out 304 batters. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.47.
As a team, they are batting .233, good for 21st in the league. The Angels hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 7.8 hits per contest. Albert Pujols comes into this matchup batting .227 with an OBP of .272. He has 22 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 97 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .381 with an OPS+ of 78. Mike Trout is hitting .276 this season and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 35 hits in 127 at bats while driving in 34 runs. He has an OPS+ of 164 and a slugging percentage of .622. The Angels as a unit have 290 base hits, including 55 doubles and 52 homers. Los Angeles has walked 156 times this year and they have struck out on 317 occasions. They have had 261 men left on base and have an OPS of .731. They have scored 4.73 runs per game and totaled 175 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros (-102)
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