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Angels' Wild-Card Chances are Worsening By the Day

The Los Angeles Angels haven’t been in contention for the AL West all year long thanks to the success of the Houston Astros, but they’re on the verge of missing the postseason altogether with the final wild-card spot slipping away. The Halos will try to stay in the race when they do battle with the Astros today.

MyBookie opened the Angels as +143 road underdogs with a total of nine.

Shark Bites
  • The Angels are 1-5 in their last six road games.
  • The Astros are 1-5 in McCullers' last six starts.
  • The OVER is 4-1 in Skaggs' last five starts.

Tyler Skaggs and Lance McCullers Jr. will get the nod for the Angels and Astros, respectively. Skaggs (2-6, 4.30 ERA) is 1-5 since coming off the disabled list on August 5. The hurler’s only win since coming off the DL came on September 13 when he blanked Houston over seven innings. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has been sharp against Skaggs, as the diminutive infielder is 5-for-14 in his career when facing him.

McCullers Jr. (7-3, 3.97) is set to make his first start since September 6 due to arm fatigue. The outing will be just his second since July 30 when he suffered a back injury. McCullers Jr. is winless over his last six appearances and did not factor into the decision in his last turn against Seattle three weeks ago.

Houston has quietly become a fantastic UNDER bet of late. In the Astros’ last six, the UNDER is a perfect 6-0.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Houston Astros were listed as -145 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 9 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.3-2.9 win for the Angels on Sunday. 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 95-59 record to the battle against the 76-78 Angels. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Houston Astros sit at No. 15 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Los Angeles Angels sit at No. 14 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Los Angeles Angels rank No. 29 at 8.12 hits per game. That compares with the Houston Astros No. 1 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Los Angeles features the No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.62 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 at home, scoring 4.88 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 6-2 to Houston on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • LA Angels is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • LA Angels is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels's last 7 games
  • LA Angels is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Houston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Chicago, Monday, September 25th
Houston at Texas, Monday, September 25th