Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction, 4/18/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros
Date: Monday, April 18, 2022
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+135) Houston (-160)
The Los Angeles Angels (6-4) are en route to Minute Maid Park on Monday where they will attempt to defeat the Houston Astros (5-3). The odds on this game have the Angels at +135 while the Astros are at -160. The total is set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start are Michael Lorenzen and Luis Garcia.
As a team, the Los Angeles Angels are putting up 4.6 runs/g, which has them at 9th in the league. They have earned a total of 41 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .314. The Angels have recorded 13 two-baggers as a team and have hit 15 balls out of the stadium. They have 40 RBI's as well as 75 hits so far this season, while their batting average is at .250. Los Angeles is slugging .457 and have struck out 87 times, while being walked on 28 occasions.
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Angels pitchers have surrendered 13 home runs in addition to 43 runs (26th in MLB). They have walked 28 opposing players and their FIP is 4.47 as a unit on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.61 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.18. The Angels are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.61 this year (23rd in baseball), and their staff has rung up 73 batters.
The Angels have dispatched 31 relief pitchers to the mound on the year. The relief pitchers have inherited 17 runners so far this season and 58.8% of them crossed home plate. They have compiled 2 saves this year and have blown 1 of 3 save chances. The Angels relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 66.7% and stepped onto the hill in 10 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 7 holds on the campaign (5th in MLB). Angels relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 12 times and also have had 8 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Angels have converted 73.7% of balls hit into play into outs in their 720 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 7th in baseball. The Los Angeles Angels have a tally of 240 putouts on the campaign, as well as 85 assists and 7 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .979 which has them sitting 28th in the majors, and have accumulated 4 double plays.
Lorenzen has pitched in 479 innings and has racked up 413 punch outs in his MLB career. His earned run average is 4.04 (215 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.358. He has surrendered 454 base hits (8.5 hits per 9 innings) and has 197 walks. Lorenzen (24-23 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.25 while he has faced 2,057 opposing hitters in the major leagues.
The Houston Astros have tallied an on-base percentage of .282 as well as a team batting average of .214 on the season. They have struck out on 54 occasions (27th in baseball) and have a total of 58 base hits. Houston has knocked in 10 home runs this season and 28 runs batted in. The Astros have a team SLG% of .380 and they have an average of 3.62 runs per contest (21st in baseball). They have recorded 13 doubles, while getting a free base 25 times as well as scoring 29 runs.
The Houston pitching staff have given up 25 runs for the season while holding an ERA of 2.70 (21 earned runs surrendered). They have given up 5 long balls and they relinquish 3.21 runs per 9 innings (6th in MLB). The Astros have a WHIP of 1.213 with a FIP of 3.67 as a pitching staff for the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.24 (65 strikeouts vs 29 walks). They have a ranking of 5th in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 56.
Houston has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 4 save opportunities and they have tallied 3 saves. They are ranked 12th in baseball holding a save rate of 75.0%, and they have sent 29 relief pitchers onto the diamond so far this year. Their relievers have taken the field 11 times in high leverage situations in addition to 8 occasions with runners on base. Houston relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 11.1% out of their 9 inherited runners. Sitting with 11 save situations, the Astros have earned 7 holds and 1 blown save.
In 633 innings on the diamond, the Astros have a defensive efficiency of 72.0% (10th in pro baseball). The Houston Astros have turned 7 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .989 (8th in baseball). The Astros have accrued 67 assists, 3 errors and have accumulated 211 putouts on the campaign.
So far in his MLB career, Garcia has given up 142 base hits while accumulating 177 strikeouts in 171 innings. He has given up 64 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.159 and having a FIP of 3.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.11 and he has gone up against 698 batters in his career. Garcia (11-9 career record) holds a 3.36 ERA while giving up 7.4 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+135)
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