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Dog Days of Summer Have Hit Astros Hard

The Houston Astros have suddenly hit a wall by dropping 16 of their last 25 games and their huge lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West is shrinking as a result. The Halos will try to chip into that lead on Friday, where books opened them as +100 home dogs with a total of 9.

Shark Bites
  • The Astros are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games on the road against the Angels.
  • The Angels are 8-0 SU in their last eight games with Parker Bridwell as the starting pitcher.
  • The Astros are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games on the road with Collin McHugh as the starting pitcher.

Collin McHugh and Parker Bridwell are expected to get the start in this one. McHugh (1-2, 4.01 ERA) toppled Oakland in his last start when he gave up six hits over six scoreless innings. The 30-year-old is 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 11 career starts against the Angels.

Bridwell (7-1, 2.92) is unbeaten in his last eight starts and has won his last five decisions. The hurler has allowed less than three runs in seven of the outings and six or fewer hits in all eight of them. He’s making his first career start against Houston but allowed one run in two innings of relief vs them in his major-league debut last August.

The UNDER has been the hot bet when the Halos have taken the field lately. In Los Angeles’ last 10, the UNDER is 7-3.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Los Angeles Angels in this one found them listed on the oddsboard as moneyline favorites of -109 at BetOnline for Friday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 9 at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.8-3.7 win for the Angels on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Angels bring a 65-63 record to the battle against the 77-50 Astros. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Houston injuries news.

The Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros odds would favor the Angels if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 8 in the current OddsShark poll, while Houston is at No. 15.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Los Angeles Angels and its No. 23-rated batting order, averaging 4.33 runs per nine innings, against the No. 1 lineup of the Houston Astros at 5.62 runs per outing.

Los Angeles owns the No. 7 defense, allowing 4.33 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's No. 8-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston lost a tight one on Thursday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 5-4 score against Washington at Minute Maid Park.

Los Angeles didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Martin Perez in a losing cause, 3-0, against Texas on Thursday.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 6-16 ATS in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Houston is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • LA Angels is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Angels' last 10 games
  • LA Angels is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • LA Angels is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Los Angeles, Saturday, August 26