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Cole Looks to Continue Cy Young-Like Season vs Angels

Gerrit Cole Astros vs Angels Betting Odds

Sometimes a change of scenery is all an athlete needs to get back on track. This definitely appears to be the case for Astros starter Gerrit Cole, whose season is off to a brilliant start. Cole is looking like the offseason’s best pickup so far as he’s paved the way to an Astros win in each of his four starts while allowing just three earned runs in 28 innings pitched. As a result, the ’Stros opened the day as a -177 favorite at home to the Angels.

Shark Bites
  • The Angels are averaging a league-best 6.5 runs per game on the road.
  • Jose Altuve has a career batting average of .400 vs Tyler Skaggs.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Astros’ last nine games when opening a series.

Los Angeles will counter with Tyler Skaggs, who’s coming off an ugly performance vs Boston where he allowed six earned runs and eight hits in 4.1 innings of work. Prior to that start, he was off to a strong start, allowing just three earned runs in three starts, with the Angels picking up a win in each game. He made three starts vs Houston last year and posted below-average numbers highlighted by a 4.24 ERA.

Cole has some experience vs this Angels lineup, holding them to a combined batting average of .160 in 75 at-bats. However, LA hitters are off to an extremely strong start on the road, hitting an MLB-best .313 in 10 road games. A road trip is probably the best thing for them right now after going 1-5 in a six-game homestand vs the Red Sox and Giants.

The total for the game is at 8.5 runs and the UNDER has been a hot bet when these teams play in Houston with it hitting in eight of the last 11 matchups in the Lone Star State. The Astros offense has been hot, though, as they’ve scored 43 runs in their last five games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Houston Astros in this one found them listed on the oddsboard as moneyline favorites of -210 at BetOnline for Monday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 8 at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.7-2.1 victory for the Astros. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Astros bring a 16-7 record to the battle against the 14-8 Angels. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Los Angeles injuries news.

This game puts the Astros, most recently No. 2 in OddsShark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Angels, who rate a No. 11 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Houston Astros and their No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 5 runs per nine innings, against the No. 7 lineup of the Los Angeles Angels at 5.14 runs per outing.

Los Angeles brings the No. 15-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Astros' No. 1-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-2 to San Francisco on Sunday at Angel Stadium.

The Astros enjoyed a 7-1 victory at the expense of the White Sox on Sunday, with Lance McCullers throwing 6 innings of 8-hit ball at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
  • Los Angeles is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games
  • Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Houston, Tuesday, April 24

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