Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 9/21/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-217) Los Angeles (+165)
Packy Naughton and the Los Angeles Angels (72-77, 4th in AL West) play the Houston Astros (88-61, 1st in AL West) at Angel Stadium on Tuesday. The Angels open this contest at +165 while the Astros are priced at -217. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Jose Urquidy and Packy Naughton.
The Astros have earned 285 doubles as a unit and have hit 196 baseballs out of the stadium. Houston has a slugging % of .443 and have been called out on strikes 1,124 times, while taking a walk on 526 occasions. As a unit, the Houston Astros are earning 5.3 runs/g, which has them at 1st in the league. They have 767 runs batted in in addition to 1,383 hits this season, while their team batting average sits at .269. They have accumulated 796 runs and have an on-base percentage of .341.
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Astros pitchers have conceded 172 home runs and also 595 total runs (5th in MLB). They have walked 496 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.07 as a squad this season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.73 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.22. The Astros have a team earned run average of 3.69 on the year (4th in the league), and the staff has rung up 1,354 hitters.
The Astros have sent 470 relievers to the hill this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 183 runners over the course of the season with 35.5% of those players crossed the plate. They have accumulated 33 saves so far this year and have blown 23 out of their 56 chances to get a save. The Astros relief pitchers have accumulated a save percentage of 58.9% and has come into the game in 121 save situations. The relief pitchers have notched 64 holds so far this season (26th in the league). Astros bullpen pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 126 times and also have had 151 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Astros have turned 71.4% of balls in play into outs out of their 11,955 innings on the field, which ranks them 2nd in pro baseball. The Houston Astros have amassed 3,985 putouts thus far, as well as 1,300 assists and 61 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .989 which ranks 1st in MLB, and have accumulated 1,067 double plays.
Urquidy has taken the mound for 161 innings and has earned 135 punch outs thus far in his career. Urquidy (10-5 career win-loss record) has a FIP of 3.91 while going up against 640 opposing hitters in the majors. His ERA is 3.40 (61 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.017. He has allowed 132 hits (7.4 hits per nine innings) with 32 walks.
The Los Angeles Angels have a team OBP of .309 as well as a batting average of .246 so far this season. They have struck out on 1,300 occasions (14th in MLB) and have earned 1,230 base knocks. Los Angeles has accumulated 179 HRs so far this season and 630 runs batted in. The Angels have a SLG% of .410 and they are earning 4.44 runs per game (18th in the league). They have tallied 247 doubles, while taking a walk 409 times as well as scoring 662 runs.
The Los Angeles pitching staff have conceded 737 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.66 (676 earned runs relinquished). They have allowed 173 long balls and they allow 5.09 runs per 9 innings (23rd in MLB). The Angels have a WHIP of 1.385 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.23 as a team this year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.47 (1,356 strikeouts against 549 free passes). They come in at 19th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 1,257.
Los Angeles has called on relievers to take the mound in 60 save chances and they have tallied 37 saves. They rank 16th in the league with a save rate of 61.7%, and they have sent 508 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 154 times in high leverage situations and on 217 occasions with runners on base. Los Angeles bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 37.9% out of their 330 inherited runners. With 128 save situations, the Angels have tallied 66 holds and also 23 blown saves.
In 11,742 innings played, the Angels have earned a defensive efficiency of 67.8% (29th in professional baseball). The Los Angeles Angels have twisted 121 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .984 (19th in the majors). The Angels have racked up 1,289 assists, 85 errors and have earned 3,914 putouts so far this year.
During his MLB career, Naughton has surrendered 19 base hits while he has accumulated 11 punch outs in 16 innings pitched. He has surrendered 8 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.620 and a FIP of 4.2. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.38 and he has faced 77 hitters thus far in his career. Naughton (0-2 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 4.32 earned run average while surrendering 10.3 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+165)
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