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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview

AL West rivals will clash in the second of a three-game series Wednesday as the Houston Astros (57-29) take on the Los Angeles Angels (38-50). Los Angeles will host this one at Angel Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 9:38 pm ET.

In Tuesday’s opener, the Astros narrowly escaped with a 6-5 win. Leading 5-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Astros gave up four unearned runs after two errors and a hit batter.

Luis Garcia pitched well going six innings, allowing just one run on one hit. Kyle Tucker drove in the game-winning run in the top of ninth with his 13th double of the season.

For the Angels, Noah Syndergaard struggled, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks in four innings of work. Rasiel Iglesias took the loss after giving up a run in the ninth.

Offensively, the team managed just two hits on the night, although they did draw six walks. Brandon Marsh and David MacKinnon had the two hits.

The Angels are the favorites on Wednesday playing at home. They are -126 to win while the Astros’ moneyline sits at +108. The runline features Houston +1.5 (-210), and the over/under for total runs is seven.

Astros Continue To Roll

With Tuesday’s win, the Astros now sit 57-29, 12.5 games ahead of the second-place Seattle Mariners in the AL West. Having won eight of their last 10, they are dominating whether at home (27-12) or on the road (30-17).

They will try to continue their success Wednesday against the Angels.

Taking the ball for Dusty Baker’s club is righty Cristian Javier. In 16 games this season, Javier is 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and he has 102 strikeouts in 74.2 innings of work.

Javier struggled in his last start giving up five earned runs in five innings to the Royals. The start before that, though, he pitched seven innings against these same Angels, giving up just one run and striking out 14.

Offensively, the Astros are missing both Yordan Alvarez and Michael Brantley, but the team can still rake. Jose Altuve (.280 avg, 17 HR, 33 RBI, 47 R) and Kyle Tucker (.259 avg., 17 HR, 60 RBI, 38 R) have done the most damage for Houston.

Against the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Alex Bregman has had some success, hitting .364 in 11 at bats. Kyle Tucker has a home run, although he only has two hits in nine at bats.

Angels’ Struggles Continue

With Tuesday’s loss, the Angels have now lost nine of their last 10 and have fallen to fourth in the AL West, 20 games behind the Astros.

If their struggles on the diamond weren’t enough, Mike Trout had to leave Tuesday’s opener with upper back spasms. This season, he is hitting .270/.368/.599 with 24 home runs, 51 runs batted in, and 55 runs scored.

If the Angels are going to win Wednesday, it will be in big part to Shohei Ohtani. He will take the ball for Phil Nevin’s club. In 14 games this season, Ohtani is 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and has 11 strikeouts in 81 innings.

Ohtani has not given up a run in his last three starts, going 20.2 scoreless innings, allowing nine hits and striking out 34 in that span.

At the plate, Ohtani is hitting .255/.343/.487 with 19 home runs, 54 runs batted in, 49 runs scored, and has 10 stolen bases. He also has success against Christian Javier, hitting .273 in 11 at bats with two home runs.

Take Astros To Win

This is a tough one to call. Shohei Ohtani has been absolutely dominating as of late, but Christian Javier has shown signs of brilliance throughout the season as well.

Furthermore, the Angels will be a bit short-handed as Trout will likely be out for the contest and their bullpen is a bit taxed, having to pick up five innings in Tuesday’s game. More importantly, their closer, Rasiel Iglesias, had to throw 25 pitches in the loss.

Generally, with such a toss-up, the runline is usually appealing; however, at -205, there isn’t much value in taking Houston +1.5. As a result, the most value in this one is taking Houston straight up at +108.

Given Houston’s success as of late and the Angels’ woes, it isn’t too far of a stretch to think Houston could pull this one off, even if Ohtani is electric.

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