Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Betting Odds and Free MLB Predictions


Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Angels
76-77 (35-40 V)
1:05 pm ET, Saturday, September 23, 2017
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Houston Astros
Houston Astros
94-59 (47-32 H)
FOX
 
Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros Betting Odds and Free MLB Predictions

Astros manager A.J. Hinch long ago reached the point of visible frustration in discussing the health status of right-hander Lance McCullers, but with the postseason approaching and McCullers' role dependent upon his availability, the questions kept coming.

Hinch announced on Friday that McCullers will start on Sunday in the series finale against the Angels. An All-Star during the first half of the season, McCullers has largely watched the second half from the dugout, undermined by back discomfort and arm fatigue. The latter ailment has limited McCullers to one start this month, but given his talent and potential as a rotation hammer behind Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel, McCullers is vitally important.

A healthy McCullers provides the Astros (94-59) the rotation depth they need to challenge for a championship. If McCullers is limited in any way, the unknown of his being moved to the bullpen could reshape expectations for him individually and for Houston as a whole.

"Everybody is telling me that he's strong, he bounced back from his bullpen and the next test is a game," Hinch said. "We really don't have another option with the timeline that we have. We'll put him in there and see how it goes.

"We want to see him pitch a couple times; he only has time for two spots. It's important, very important, especially for him."

Meanwhile, right-hander Charlie Morton (12-7, 3.75 ERA) will start for the Astros on Saturday. Morton is 2-0 with a 3.74 ERA over four career starts against the Angels, including two this season where he has worked 10 combined innings while allowing three runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts.

Right-hander Bud Norris (2-5, 4.53 ERA) will make his second start of the season for the Angels (76-77). Norris, who worked primarily as the closer for a long stretch of this season, started against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 15 and allowed one hit over two scoreless innings.

Norris has 19 saves this season and is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven games (one start) against Houston, the franchise that selected him in the sixth round of the 2006 amateur draft.

Seeking something to spark his lagging offense, Angels manager Mike Scioscia tweaked his batting order on Friday, dropping second baseman Brandon Phillips to fifth in the lineup while replacing Phillips atop the order with right fielder Kole Calhoun. Friday marked the first time since his acquisition from the Atlanta Braves that Phillips batted someplace other than first.

Over those 16 games Phillips slashed .268/.278/.338. The Angels, meanwhile, were just 6-10 in those games and totaled just 11 runs over the four-game skid they carried into Houston. Calhoun, who most frequently bats second, hit atop the order for the fourth time this season.

"Just a comfort level for some guys," Scioscia said. "Although Brandon has led off before, getting him into a position hopefully in an RBI mix will be helpful. Kole's really comfortable at the top and we'll just see if it's something that can (get the offense going).

"There's some data that says it makes sense. Sometimes we're just going to reshuffle and hopefully get a little bit of a look."

VDB Free Betting Prediction:  Astros 4, Angels 2

 

 

Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report

Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros VDB Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
Los Angeles Angels +1½ (-150) +142 9½ (EVEN)o
Houston Astros -1½ (+120) -164 9½ (-130)u

Pitchers Last 3 Starts

B Norris (1-4) ERA: 4.53

event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 15, 2017 TEX W 7-6 O 2 $51.00
Aug 31, 2016 COL W 10-8 O 3 $65.00
Aug 26, 2016 CHC L 4-6 O 5 -$100.00

C Morton (12-7) ERA: 3.75

event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 15, 2017 SEA W 5-2 U 6 $79.00
Sep 9, 2017 OAK L 1-11 O 5 -$100.00
Sep 2, 2017 NYM W 12-8 O 5 $37.00

Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Los Angeles Angels - B Norris

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Aug 1, 2013 6-3 BAL 6 4 2 2 2 8 Win

Houston Astros - C Morton

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Aug 27, 2017 7-5 HOU 5 4 3 3 1 5 No Decision
Apr 17, 2017 3-0 HOU 5 5 0 0 2 3 Win
Jun 23, 2013 10-9 PIT 5.2 4 6 3 5 5 No Decision
Jun 14, 2008 9-4 ATL 6 5 3 3 1 4 Win

Betting Odds Trends

Los Angeles Angels
LA Angels is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
LA Angels is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Angels's last 6 games
LA Angels is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
LA Angels is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
LA Angels is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Angels's last 5 games on the road
LA Angels is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
LA Angels is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Angels's last 9 games when playing on the road against Houston
Houston Astros
Houston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Houston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games at home
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing LA Angels
Houston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against LA Angels
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 9 games when playing at home against LA Angels

Injuries

Los Angeles Angels

Fielders   Status/Updated Notes
Jefry Marte 3B Out indefinitely - Foot - 9/8/17 Marte has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a foot fracture and has not timetable for a return.
Yunel Escobar 3B Ques Sept 29 - Oblique - 9/21/17 Escobar is on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 right oblique strain and it is uncertain if he will return for the final weekend series against the Mariners that begins September 29.
Pitchers   Status/Updated Notes
Andrew Heaney SP Out indefinitely - Shoulder - 9/19/17 Heaney has a left shoulder impingement and it is unknown when he will make his next scheduled start.
Andrew Bailey RP out for season - Shoulder - 9/1/17 Bailey has been shut down for the remainder of the season after aggravating a previous right shoulder injury and is on the 60-day disabled list.
JC Ramirez SP out for season - Forearm - 9/1/17 Ramirez has been moved to the 60-day disabled list with right forearm irritation and will likely be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Alex Meyer SP out for season - Shoulder - 9/11/17 Meyer has been moved to the 60-day disabled list and will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder.
Huston Street RP Early Oct - Groin - 9/21/17 Street has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list with groin injury and it is unknown if he will be able to rejoin the bullpen by the end of the regular season.
Matt Shoemaker SP out for season - Forearm - 8/25/17 Shoemaker has been moved to the 60-day disabled list after having season-ending surgery to release the radial nerve in his right forearm.
Nick Tropeano SP out for season - Elbow - 4/2/17 Tropeano has been designated for the 60-day disabled list as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is expected to be sidelined the entire 2017 season.

Houston Astros

Fielders   Status/Updated Notes
Josh Reddick RF Ques Sat - Back - 9/23/17 Reddick left Friday's game with lower back discomfort and it is unknown if he will play Saturday against the Angels.
Jake Marisnick CF out for season - Thumb - 9/14/17 Marisnick sustained a fractured right thumb and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, likely ending his season.
Pitchers   Status/Updated Notes
Luke Gregerson RP Ques Sat - Hand - 9/23/17 Gregerson missed the last two games due to a left hand injury and his availability for Saturday's matchup against the Angels is unknown.
Lance McCullers Jr. SP Ques Sun - Arm - 9/19/17 McCullers Jr. is dealing with arm fatigue and it is undetermined when he will make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Angels.
David Paulino SP out for season - Suspension - 7/1/17 Paulino has been suspended 80 games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He will miss the remainder of the regular season and will not be eligible for the postseason.
Jandel Gustave RP out for season - Elbow - 6/21/17 Gustave is on the 60-day disabled list while he recovers from season-ending surgery on his right elbow.

Recent Meetings

Date Home/Away H Starter A Starter Line O/U
9/22/17 HOU 3 - LAA 0 J. Verlander G. Richards -144/8 U
9/14/17 LAA 2 - HOU 5 R. Nolasco B. Peacock 122/9 U
9/13/17 LAA 9 - HOU 1 T. Skaggs M. Fiers -124/8.5 O
9/12/17 LAA 0 - HOU 1 G. Richards J. Verlander -107/8 U
8/27/17 LAA 5 - HOU 7 R. Nolasco C. Morton 126/9.5 O
8/26/17 LAA 7 - HOU 6 T. Skaggs B. Peacock -101/8.5 O
8/25/17 LAA 1 - HOU 2 P. Bridwell C. McHugh -110/8.5 U
6/11/17 HOU 6 - LAA 12 D. Paulino J. Chavez -178/9 O
6/10/17 HOU 3 - LAA 1 M. Fiers R. Nolasco -185/9.5 U
6/9/17 HOU 4 - LAA 9 B. Peacock M. Shoemaker -160/8.5 O
5/7/17 LAA 3 - HOU 5 M. Shoemaker M. Fiers 108/8 P
5/6/17 LAA 2 - HOU 1 J. Ramirez L. McCullers Jr. 107/7.5 U
5/5/17 LAA 6 - HOU 7 x J. Chavez D. Keuchel 122/7.5 O
4/20/17 HOU 2 - LAA 1 L. McCullers Jr. M. Shoemaker -159/7.5 U
4/19/17 HOU 5 - LAA 1 D. Keuchel J. Ramirez -170/8.5 U
4/18/17 HOU 2 - LAA 5 J. Musgrove R. Nolasco -145/8.5 U
4/17/17 HOU 3 - LAA 0 C. Morton J. Chavez -145/8 U
2016 Season
10/2/16 LAA 8 - HOU 1 J. Chacin B. Rodgers -123/8.5 O
10/1/16 LAA 0 - HOU 3 T. Skaggs C. McHugh 106/8 U
9/30/16 LAA 7 - HOU 1 D. Wright B. Peacock 114/8.5 U

LA Angels: Last 10 Games

Date vs/Score Line ATS OPS Avg Starter IP Opp Starter IP
9/22/17 @ HOU 0-3 133/8 L/U .241 .074 G. Richards 6.0 J. Verlander 7.0
9/21/17 CLE 1-4 -107/8.5 L/U .501 .172 P. Bridwell 5.1 D. Salazar 2.2
9/20/17 CLE 5-6 102/8.5 L/O .953 .306 R. Nolasco 5.0 J. Tomlin 5.1
9/19/17 CLE 3-6 102/8 L/O .606 .226 T. Skaggs 5.1 M. Clevinger 6.0
9/17/17 TEX 2-4 -187/9 L/U .593 .148 G. Richards 5.0 M. Gonzalez 5.0
9/16/17 TEX 2-0 -132/9 W/U .675 .154 P. Bridwell 6.0 C. Hamels 7.1
9/15/17 TEX 7-6 -148/9 W/O .827 .281 B. Norris 2.0 N. Martinez 5.1
9/14/17 HOU 2-5 122/9 L/U .635 .156 R. Nolasco 6.0 B. Peacock 6.0
9/13/17 HOU 9-1 -124/8.5 W/O 1.079 .351 T. Skaggs 7.0 M. Fiers 3.2
9/12/17 HOU 0-1 -107/8 L/U .249 .074 G. Richards 5.0 J. Verlander 8.0

Houston: Last 10 Games

Date vs/Score Line ATS OPS Avg Starter IP Opp Starter IP
9/22/17 LAA 3-0 -144/8 W/U .432 .111 J. Verlander 7.0 G. Richards 6.0
9/21/17 CHW 1-3 -294/9.5 L/U .479 .107 D. Keuchel 6.0 C. Fulmer 0.1
9/20/17 CHW 4-3 -305/9.5 W/U .767 .281 B. Peacock 6.0 J. Shields 5.2
9/19/17 CHW 3-1 -216/9 W/U .773 .267 C. McHugh 5.0 L. Giolito 6.2
9/17/17 SEA 7-1 -220/9 W/U 1.045 .324 J. Verlander 7.0 A. Moore 4.2
9/16/17 SEA 8-6 -185/9 W/O .857 .333 D. Keuchel 6.0 E. Ramirez 4.0
9/15/17 SEA 5-2 -125/9 W/U .770 .281 C. Morton 6.0 J. Paxton 1.1
9/14/17 @ LAA 5-2 -132/9 W/U .716 .278 B. Peacock 6.0 R. Nolasco 6.0
9/13/17 @ LAA 1-9 115/8.5 L/O .414 .172 M. Fiers 3.2 T. Skaggs 7.0
9/12/17 @ LAA 1-0 -101/8 W/U .406 .188 J. Verlander 8.0 G. Richards 5.0