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Astros’ Pitching Has Fallen Off A Cliff

Injuries have utterly decimated the Houston Astros starting rotation but it has hit a new low. While being swept in their most recent four-game series against the Oakland A’s, the Astros allowed 41 runs. Houston’s pitchers might find some relief when they open a three-game set with the LA Angels, a team that ranks near the bottom of the league in offense.

Shark Bites
  • The Astros are 3-1 SU in their last 4 games on the road against the Angels.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Angels’ last 10 games as underdog.
  • This will be Garrett Richards’ first start at Angel Stadium since April 25, 2016.

Justin Verlander looked like a great addition to the Astros rotation in his first outing with the club. The 12-year veteran allowed one run while striking out seven in six innings for the ’Stros last Tuesday. This will be Verlander’s third start this season on six-plus days’ rest; the righty has posted a 3.65 ERA in that spot.

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards will be making his second start for the Halos since spending five months on the DL with a nerve issue in his bicep. Richards worked with a pitch count in his first trip to the bump last week, allowing four hits and one run in 3.1 innings. The righty is still under a pitch count entering this one.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Houston Astros before the first pitch in this match found them as -120 moneyline favorites earlier today at Bovada. They saw the OVER/UNDER total of 8.5 earlier at TopBet.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Angels to win this game 4.3-2.4. 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 sport a record of 73-70 heading into this matchup, while the Houston Astros sit at 86-57 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Houston injuries news.

The Los Angeles Angels sit at No. 9 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Houston Astros sit at No. 22 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Los Angeles has baseball's No. 22-rated offensive output, at 8.28 hits per game. The Houston Astros average 9.81 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Los Angeles has the No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the No. 12 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Athletics, who beat them 10-2 on Sunday behind a start from Kendall Graveman at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Los Angeles looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Mariners, a 5-3 final on Sunday in support of Parker Bridwell at Safeco Field.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • LA Angels is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • LA Angels is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels' last 5 games at home
  • LA Angels is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Houston

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Los Angeles, Wednesday, September 13