Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction, 5/12/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+115) Houston (-125)
Andrew Heaney and the Los Angeles Angels (16-18, 5th in AL West) travel to Minute Maid Park on Wednesday where they'll take on the Houston Astros (18-17, 2nd in AL West). The odds on this matchup have the Angels coming in at +115 and the Astros are at -125. The over/under opens at 9. The starting pitchers are Andrew Heaney and Jose Urquidy.
As a team, the Los Angeles Angels are putting up 4.8 runs per game, which ranks them 8th in MLB. They have notched a total of 162 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .320. The Angels have tallied 52 two-baggers as a team and have hit 46 balls out of the stadium. They have amassed 150 runs batted in in addition to 302 hits so far this year, while their team batting average comes in at .259. Los Angeles is slugging .430 and have been called out on strikes 283 times, while drawing a walk on 89 occasions.
The Angels have a team ERA of 5.10 for the year (28th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 353 hitters. They have walked 149 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 3.94 as a team this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.37 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.47. Angels pitchers have allowed 36 long balls and 188 runs in total (30th in the league).
Angels relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 52 times and also have had 39 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have a total of 15 holds this season (19th in MLB). The Angels relief pitchers have accumulated a save percentage of 53.3% and stepped onto the hill in 30 save situations. They have recorded 8 saves for the season and have not converted 7 of 15 chances to save the game. The relief pitchers have inherited 71 base runners this season with 46.5% of those players ended up scoring. The Angels have dispatched 124 relievers to the hill for the season.
The Los Angeles Angels have a tally of 902 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 298 assists and 33 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .973 which ranks 30th in pro baseball, and have accumulated 235 double plays. The Angels have converted 65.1% of baseballs in play into outs out of 2,706 innings on the field, which has them ranked 30th in pro baseball.
Heaney has taken the mound for 535 frames and has tallied 544 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Heaney (25-31 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.27 and he has faced 2,248 batters in the majors. His ERA is 4.42 (263 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.237. He has conceded 514 base hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) with 148 free passes.
The Houston Astros hold a team OBP of .325 in addition to a team batting average of .260 on the year. They have been called out on strikes on 250 occasions (29th in the league) and have 310 base hits. Houston has hit 38 home runs on the campaign as well as 168 RBIs. The Astros hold a team slugging % of .424 and they are recording 5.03 runs per game (4th in MLB). They have put up 72 two-baggers, while getting a free base 104 times as well as putting up 176 runs.
The Astros have a WHIP of 1.208 in addition to having a FIP of 4.21 as a pitching staff this season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.82 (313 strikeouts against 111 walks). They are currently ranked 15th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 261. They have allowed 44 homers and they relinquish 4.21 runs per 9 innings (11th in MLB). The Houston pitching staff have relinquished 144 runs so far this year while having a team ERA of 3.97 (136 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 30 save situations, the Astros have compiled 16 holds and also 5 blown saves. Houston has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 13 save chances and they have walked away with 8 saves. Their relievers have taken the field 31 times in high leverage situations and on 30 occasions with runners on base. Houston relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 41.5% out of 53 inherited base runners. They rank 16th in baseball holding a save rate of 61.5%, and they have sent 107 relievers onto the diamond on the season.
In 2,772 innings on the diamond, the Astros have earned a defensive efficiency of 71.8% (5th in the majors). The Houston Astros have twisted 28 double plays and have a fielding rate of .989 (2nd in pro baseball). The Astros have accrued 281 assists, 13 errors and have amassed 924 putouts on the season.
Thus far in his career, Urquidy has given up 95 hits while tallying 86 K's in 111 frames. He has given up a total of 43 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.066 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.58 and he has faced 447 opposing hitters during his MLB career. Urquidy (6-4 career record) holds a 3.47 ERA while conceding 7.7 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-125)
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