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Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels: Battle for the lead in the AL West

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Betting Preview

The Houston Astros got off to a fast start in the 2018 MLB online betting season. However, the Los Angeles Angels are certainly giving them a run for their money in the AL West. So in tonight’s Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels matchup, both teams will be out for blood. Which side will Monday’s 5 team parlay odds peg as the favorite?

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels – Monday, May 14th   

Series: Game 1

When: 10:07 pm ET

Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California

TV: Local Broadcasts

Stream: MLB TV

MLB Online Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Astros -1½ (+125) 8 (EV) -128
Angels +1½ (-145) 8 (-120) +118
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Houston Astros   

The Astros fly into this Monday night matchup with a 26-16 record that ranks them as the best team in the AL West. However, the Angels are currently 1-game behind the Astros. With that in mind, it’s clear that there’s plenty on the line this evening and in this series in general. This evening’s matchup will mark the 4th time these two clubs have met this season. So far, the Angels have dominated Houston 2 games to one. Notwithstanding that lead, Los Angeles has never manhandled the Astros. With that said, MLB online betting players can expect a close contest this evening. To give them an edge over their divisional rivals, Houston will be sending Lance McCullers Jr. to the mound. McCullers Jr. is 5-1 on the year with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Players to Watch: Jose Altuve (2 HR, 17 RBI, .306 BA), George Springer (8 HR, 26 RBI, .296 BA), and Carlos Correa (7 HR, 29 RBI, .292 BA).

Los Angeles Angels   

The Angels dive into this divisional matchup sporting a 24-16 record that ranks them 2nd in the division. Coming off of three straight losing seasons, Angels fans are ecstatic to see their team performing this well. However, there’s still plenty of work to be done and a win against the divisional leader this evening would go a long way for Los Angeles. And considering that LA is 1-2 in their last three, Los Angeles could really use a rebound this evening. Unfortunately for the Angels, the Astros are far from being considered a pushover. But to pull off the upset, Los Angeles will be sending Andrew Heaney to the mound this Monday night. Heaney is 1-2 on the year and brings a 4.78 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP to the table.

Players to Watch: Andrelton Simmons (3 HR, 23 RBI, .338 BA), Mike Trout (12 HR, 25 RBI, .315 BA), and Justin Upton (10 HR, 31 RBI, .256 BA).

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Houston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games
  • LA Angels is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Houston
  • LA Angels is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Houston
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels’ last 7 games when playing Houston
Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Picks

So which team should online sportsbook bettors favor in tonight’s Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels matchup? Considering the stark comparison between both teams’ pitching, taking the Astros is probably the safer option. Luckily, the money line isn’t favoring Houston all that heavily. This makes taking them straight up a lucrative option this evening. Sign up today to get in on this MLB betting action!

Score Prediction: 5-0 Houston. The Astros build on their divisional lead with a road win over the Angels. Houston will cover the spread and the TOTAL will be OVER.

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