Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 7/31/2020
Game: Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Friday, July 31, 2020
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (-150) Angels (+135)
Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels (2-4, 4th in AL West) host the Houston Astros (3-3, 1st in AL West) at Angel Stadium on Friday. The line on this contest has the Astros coming in at -150 and the Angels are at +135. The total has been set at 9.5. The pitchers expected to start will be Lance McCullers Jr and Matt Andriese.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
7/30/2020 Shawn Dubin SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
7/30/2020 Ralph Garza RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
7/29/2020 George Springer CF Knee Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
7/28/2020 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/28/2020 Joe Biagini RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 6
7/27/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
7/27/2020 Chris Devenski RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/27/2020 Ryan Pressly RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/26/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/25/2020 Aledmys Diaz 1B Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/24/2020 Cionel Perez RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
7/24/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
7/23/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
7/23/2020 Jose Urquidy SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
7/28/2020 Andrelton Simmons SS Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/27/2020 Julio Teheran SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 4
7/27/2020 Parker Markel RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/27/2020 Jose Suarez SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
7/23/2020 Justin Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
7/22/2020 Jose Quijada RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/9/2020 Dillon Peters SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 4
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 3-3 overall record this season. McCullers (30-22 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.31 while he has gone up against 1,935 batters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 3.67 (187 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.276. He has surrendered 405 hits (7.9 hits per 9 innings) and has 181 free passes. McCullers has thrown 459 innings and has accumulated 515 K's so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.12 and they have given up 27 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 28 hitters and walked 11 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.26. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 48 base hits and 21 earned runs. They have allowed 6 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 24 batters and struck out 58. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.82.
As a team Houston is hitting .236, good for 13th in the league. The Astros hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Carlos Correa is hitting .409 with an on-base percentage of .500. He has 9 hits this season in 22 at bats with 5 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .636 and an OPS+ of 217. Alex Bregman is hitting .174 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .321. He has totaled 4 hits and he has driven in 5 men in 23 at bats. His OPS+ is 89 while his slugging percentage is at .348. The Astros have 49 hits, including 12 doubles and 6 home runs. Houston has walked 28 times so far this season and they have struck out 51 times as a unit. They have left 41 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 5.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 33 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 2-4 overall mark this year. In his pro baseball career, Andriese has allowed 449 hits while tallying 396 K's in 434 innings pitched. He has allowed 218 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.320 and having a FIP of 4.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.19 and he has gone up against 1,852 batters in his pro baseball career. Andriese (24-30 record in his career) has a 4.52 earned run average while allowing 9.3 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.28 and they have given up 25 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 26 batters and walked 16 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.47. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 46 base knocks and 26 earned runs this season. They have given up 6 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 23 hitters and struck out 56 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 3.69.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 11th in the league. The Angels hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .292 with an OBP of .357. He has 7 hits this year along with 4 RBI in 24 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .458 with an OPS+ of 128. David Fletcher is hitting .435 this season and he has an OBP of .500. He has collected 10 hits in 23 at bats while driving in 3 runs. He has an OPS+ of 190 and a slugging percentage of .522. The Angels as a unit have 49 base hits, including 8 doubles and 9 homers. Los Angeles has walked 23 times this year and they have struck out on 43 occasions. They have had 44 men left on base and have an OPS of .724. They have scored 4.67 runs per game and totaled 28 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Angels (+135)
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