Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction, 4/22/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-105) Houston (-125)
Cristian Javier and the Houston Astros (7-9, 5th in AL West) host the Los Angeles Angels (9-6, 3rd in AL West) at Minute Maid Park on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Angels coming in at -105 and the Astros are at -125. The total has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Alex Cobb and Cristian Javier.
The Angels have compiled 18 doubles as a squad and have hit 21 balls out of the park. Los Angeles is slugging .434 and have been rung up 129 times, while taking a walk on 46 occasions. As a team, the Los Angeles Angels are scoring 5.4 runs per game, which has them at 3rd in MLB. They have 70 RBI's as well as 137 base knocks on the season, and their team batting average is sitting at .266. They have a total of 81 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .329.
Angels pitchers have surrendered 14 home runs and 76 runs in total (19th in MLB). They have walked 59 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 3.43 as a unit for the year. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.73 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.37. The Angels hold a team earned run average of 4.57 for the year (23rd in MLB), and they have struck out 161 batters.
The Angels bullpen have recorded a save percentage of 60.0% and has entered the game in 9 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 28 runners for the season and 46.4% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. Angels relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on 23 times in addition to having 17 appearances in high leverage situations. The Angels have sent 53 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season. The relief pitchers have 4 holds on the year (26th in the league). They have compiled 3 saves so far this year and have missed out on 2 of their 5 chances to save the game.
The Los Angeles Angels have notched a total of 375 putouts so far this season, as well as 129 assists and 17 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .967 which puts them in 30th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 100 double plays. The Angels have converted 64.7% of balls in play into outs out of their 1,125 innings, which has them ranked 30th in MLB.
Cobb has pitched in 928 innings and has racked up 735 strikeouts thus far in his career. His earned run average is 3.89 (401 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.264. He has surrendered 905 base knocks (8.8 hits per nine innings) with 269 free passes. Cobb (56-57 career win-loss record) sits with a FIP of 4.02 while he has faced 3,894 opposing hitters in the majors.
The Astros hold a slugging % of .408 and they are earning 4.62 runs per game (9th in the league). They have put up 29 doubles, while getting a free base 50 times and putting up 74 runs. Houston has tallied 19 home runs on the campaign to go along with 69 RBIs. They have been rung up on 114 occasions (29th in baseball) and have a total of 136 hits. The Houston Astros hold an on-base percentage of .316 as well as a batting average of .248 on the season.
The Astros hold a team WHIP of 1.257 with a FIP of 4.29 as a staff for the year. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.54 (142 strikeouts against 56 free passes). They are sitting at 7th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 120. They have allowed 20 homers and they give up 4.63 runs per 9 innings (19th in baseball). The Houston pitching staff have yielded 72 runs for the season while having an ERA of 4.50 (70 earned runs conceded).
Houston has had relievers enter the contest in 5 save chances and they have walked away with 2 saves. They are currently ranked 26th in MLB with a save percentage of 40.0%, and they have dispatched 53 relief pitchers to the hill this season. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 15 times in high leverage situations in addition to 19 occasions with runners on. Houston bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 40.0% out of 35 inherited base runners. Sitting with 15 save situations, the Astros have compiled 9 holds in addition to 3 blown saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 12 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .988 (7th in MLB). The Astros have racked up 119 assists, 6 errors and have accounted for 396 putouts so far this season. In their 1,188 innings played, the Astros have earned a efficiency on defense of 71.5% (9th in the majors).
In his career, Javier has surrendered 42 base hits while he has earned 65 punch outs in 63 innings. Javier (6-2 career record) has a 3.29 ERA while allowing 6.0 hits per nine innings. He has conceded a total of 23 ER's while earning a WHIP of 0.984 and a FIP of 4.5. His K/BB ratio is 3.25 and he has faced 249 hitters so far in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-105)
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