Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 9/5/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (-141) Angels (+130)
Angel Stadium is the venue where Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels (13-25, 5th in AL West) will play the Houston Astros (21-15, 2nd in AL West) on Saturday. The Astros open this contest at -141 while the Angels are coming in at +130. The total is set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Brandon Bielak and Patrick Sandoval.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/3/2020 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
9/3/2020 Jose Altuve 2B Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
9/3/2020 Alex Bregman 3B Hamstring 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
9/3/2020 Josh James RP Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
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
8/28/2020 Jose Urquidy SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
8/23/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Out for the season
8/12/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
8/7/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
9/4/2020 Max Stassi C Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/3/2020 David Fletcher SS Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
8/31/2020 Parker Markel RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
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 21-15 overall record this season. Bielak has pitched in 23 frames and has accumulated 17 punchouts. His earned run average is 5.45 (14 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.558. He has conceded 21 base knocks (8.2 hits per 9 innings) and has had 15 free passes. Bielak (3-2 mark) has a FIP of 7.18 and he has gone up against 103 opposing hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.16 and they have given up 130 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the bullpen and they've struck out 140 hitters and walked 78 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 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 282 base hits and 147 earned runs. They have allowed 41 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 146 batters and struck out 316. They have walked 4.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.34.
As a team Houston is hitting .250, good for 12th in the league. The Astros hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Michael Brantley is hitting .318 with an on-base percentage of .389. He has 27 hits this season in 85 at bats with 18 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .553 and an OPS+ of 149. Yuli Gurriel is hitting .278 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .331. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 133 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .489. The Astros have 302 hits, including 69 doubles and 42 home runs. Houston has walked 131 times so far this season and they have struck out 268 times as a unit. They have left 233 men on base and have a team OPS of .755. They score 5.31 runs per contest and have scored a total of 191 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 13-25 overall mark this year. Sandoval (0-8 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 5.73 earned run average and has surrendered 9.1 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.11 and he has gone up against 272 opposing hitters in his career. In his career, Sandoval has allowed 62 base hits while earning 57 strikeouts in 61 frames. He has surrendered 39 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.452 and a FIP of 5.3. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.75 and they have given up 143 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 154 batters and walked 70 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5.03. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 313 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 143 hitters and struck out 313 batters. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.41.
As a team, they are batting .235, good for 20th in the league. The Angels hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 7.9 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .267 with an OBP of .353. He has 35 hits this year along with 34 RBI in 131 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .603 with an OPS+ of 156. Albert Pujols is hitting .227 this season and he has an OBP of .272. He has collected 22 hits in 97 at bats while driving in 16 runs. He has an OPS+ of 77 and a slugging percentage of .381. The Angels as a unit have 299 base hits, including 57 doubles and 52 homers. Los Angeles has walked 158 times this year and they have struck out on 322 occasions. They have had 266 men left on base and have an OPS of .733. They have scored 4.66 runs per game and totaled 177 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros (-141)
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