Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 7/14/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-155) Los Angeles (+135)
The Los Angeles Angels (38-50) will play the Houston Astros (57-29) at Angel Stadium on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Astros at -155 and the Angels are opening at +135. The over/under comes in at 8. The pitchers taking the mound will be Framber Valdez and Reid Detmers.
Houston has a slugging rate of .430 and have been rung up 640 times, while taking a walk on 313 occasions. They have 381 runs batted in as well as 692 base knocks on the year, while their average at the plate is sitting at .242. The Astros have hit 145 two-baggers as a team and have hit 125 baseballs out of the stadium. They have earned a total of 390 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .322. As a unit, the Houston Astros are compiling 4.5 runs per outing, which has them at 12th in the league.
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The Astros hold a team ERA of 2.94 so far this year (1st in MLB), and their staff has rung up 754 hitters. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 3.03 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.09. Astros pitchers have given up 76 home runs in addition to 287 runs (3rd in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 249 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.55 as a unit so far this season.
Astros relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 54 times in addition to having 85 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have accumulated 55 holds over the course of the season (9th in the league). The Astros relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 78.8% and has entered the game in 88 save situations. They have tallied 26 saves so far this year and have blown 7 of 33 save chances. The relievers have inherited 82 runners this year and 28.0% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. The Astros have sent 256 relief pitchers to the mound this year.
The Astros have turned 72.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 6,774 innings on the field, ranking them 1st in the majors. The Houston Astros have accounted for 2,258 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 675 assists and 42 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .986 which ranks 11th in professional baseball, and have 63 double plays.
Valdez (32-21 win-loss record in his career) has a FIP of 3.86 while he has faced 1,784 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has conceded 350 hits (7.5 hits per 9 innings) with 182 walks. His earned run average is 3.45 (162 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.261. Valdez has taken the mound for 422 innings and has earned 399 strikeouts during his pro baseball career.
Los Angeles has recorded 103 HRs on the campaign to go along with 340 RBIs. They have recorded 119 doubles, while getting a free base 271 times as well as putting up 352 runs. The Los Angeles Angels have an on-base percentage of .301 in addition to a team batting average of .231 on the campaign. The Angels hold a slugging % of .386 and they are scoring 4.00 runs per game (25th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 853 occasions (1st in the league) and have a total of 673 hits.
The Angels are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.250 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.04 as a unit this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.63 (731 strikeouts against 278 free passes). They sit at 11th in baseball as a staff in total hits conceded with 691. They have given up 97 dingers and they concede 4.33 runs per 9 innings (15th in MLB). The Los Angeles pitching staff have relinquished 373 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 3.95 (340 earned runs yielded).
Los Angeles has had relievers step onto the hill in 37 save opportunities and they have walked away with 21 saves. They are currently ranked 25th in MLB holding a save rate of 56.8%, and they have sent 276 relievers to the hill over the course of the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 87 times in high leverage situations in addition to 97 occasions with runners on. Los Angeles relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 37.3% of 150 inherited base runners. Sitting with 79 save situations, the Angels have recorded 40 holds and also 16 blown saves.
In 6,900 innings on the diamond, the Angels have earned a defensive efficiency of 70.6% (9th in baseball). The Los Angeles Angels have gotten 73 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .984 (18th in baseball). The Angels have recorded 744 assists, 49 errors and have accumulated 2,300 putouts this year.
In his MLB career, Detmers has conceded 71 hits while he has earned 70 strikeouts in 84 frames. He has given up a total of 47 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.228 and a FIP of 5.3. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.12 and he has faced 359 opposing batters during his career. Detmers (3-6 career record) has earned a 5.00 earned run average while giving up 7.5 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (-155)
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