Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction, 8/24/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Angels (+149) Astros (-162)
Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels (9-19, 5th in AL West) are headed to Minute Maid Park on Monday where they'll take on the Houston Astros (15-12, 2nd in AL West). The Angels open this matchup at +149 while the Astros are coming in at -162. The over/under has been set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Patrick Sandoval and Framber Valdez.
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
8/21/2020 Max Stassi C Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/18/2020 Cam Bedrosian RP Thigh Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/14/2020 Dillon Peters SP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/8/2020 Parker Markel RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
7/23/2020 Justin Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/23/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Out for the season
8/23/2020 Chris Devenski RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/23/2020 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/23/2020 Aledmys Diaz DH Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/22/2020 Josh James RP Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/20/2020 Alex Bregman 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/16/2020 Jose Urquidy SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
8/16/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
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
7/26/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Angels have a 9-19 overall record this season. Sandoval (0-7 win-loss mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 5.04 and he has faced 255 opposing batters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 5.18 (34 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.354. He has given up 55 base hits (8.4 hits per nine innings) and has 25 walks. Sandoval has taken the mound for 59 frames and has racked up 56 punchouts during his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have given up 115 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the bullpen and they've struck out 120 hitters and walked 54 batters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5.2. The Angels pitchers collectively have given up 239 base hits and 143 earned runs. They have allowed 36 home runs this season, ranking them 11th in the league. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 107 batters and struck out 236. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.58.
As a team Los Angeles is hitting .231, good for 20th in the league. The Angels hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Anthony Rendon is hitting .314 with an on-base percentage of .454. He has 27 hits this season in 86 at bats with 16 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .570 and an OPS+ of 178. David Fletcher is hitting .316 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .374. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 117 at bats. His OPS+ is 130 while his slugging percentage is at .470. The Angels have 220 hits, including 43 doubles and 42 home runs. Los Angeles has walked 109 times so far this season and they have struck out 235 times as a unit. They have left 196 men on base and have a team OPS of .728. They score 4.54 runs per contest and have scored a total of 127 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
In his MLB career, Valdez has conceded 123 base knocks while he has totaled 131 K's in 139 frames. He has surrendered a total of 61 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.424 and a FIP of 4.4. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.75 and he has faced 607 hitters during his pro baseball career. Valdez (10-10 career mark) has earned a 3.95 earned run average while allowing 8.0 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 111 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 113 batters and walked 65 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 222 base knocks and 111 earned runs this season. They have given up 32 home runs this year, which ranks 21st in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 117 hitters and struck out 236 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.53.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 17th in the league. The Astros hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .221 with an OBP of .279. He has 25 hits this year along with 12 RBI in 113 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .345 with an OPS+ of 68. George Springer is hitting .208 this season and he has an OBP of .344. He has collected 16 hits in 77 at bats while driving in 15 runs. He has an OPS+ of 101 and a slugging percentage of .403. The Astros as a unit have 229 base hits, including 53 doubles and 31 homers. Houston has walked 104 times this year and they have struck out on 214 occasions. They have had 185 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They have scored 5.22 runs per game and totaled 141 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Angels/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Angels (+149)
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