Our free MLB picks schedule finds us in Anaheim for the first of two consecutive contests as Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels look to slow the Houston Astros who seem hellbent on winning another AL West title.
Try as they might, the Los Angeles Angels just can’t seem to catch a break against the Houston Astros, and to add injury to insult, the Anaheim bunch might have to play without their top hitter when the two sides reconvene to continue their series on Wednesday evening.
Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – 09:38 PM EDT at Angel Stadium
Astros vs. Angels: Who Are the Starting Pitchers?
The numbers on the betting odds show LA slightly favored with a 7-run total.
Series Highlights and Rivalry Trends
If you don’t take the time to look inside the 6-5 MLB score in Tuesday’s series opener, you won’t see that except for one rather comical half-inning, Houston was firmly in control of the game that left the Astros 8-3 against the Angels this season.
The Astros looked like Little Leaguers in letting the Angels tie the game with 4 unearned runs in the eighth. Houston saved face when Kyle Tucker drove in the winning run in the ninth. The face of the Angels, Mike Trout, was forced from the game in the fifth with back spasms.
- Tuesday’s win left the Astros with a 4-game win streak against the Angels after sweeping them in Houston a couple of weekends ago.
- Houston is 4-1 in Anaheim this season and 10-4 over the last two years.
- Three of the five games played at Angel Stadium in 2022 have cashed ‘Over’ tickets.
After two stupendous outings, Javier laid an egg last Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals who took him deep three times and scored 5 runs in his 5 frames to pull off a 7-4 upset in a contest that saw the Astros close as prohibitive -275 chalk on the MLB odds.
Javier finished off June as the first of three Houston hurlers to toss a combined no-hitter at Yankee Stadium where the Dominican worked the first 7 innings and struck out a career-high 13. The Astros were fat +180 underdogs in that contest.
That effort was followed up with a new career-high in strikeouts as Javier reached 14 Ks while quieting the Angels to one hit and one run in an 8-1 triumph at Minute Maid Park. The lone run for the Angels came on a solo shot by Ohtani, his second career long ball off Javier.
This will be Houston’s third look at Ohtani the Pitcher this season, and the Astros managed to split the first two with a 3-1 win in Anaheim on Opening Day before the reigning AL MVP dusted them with 6 shutout innings of 1-hit, 12-K baseball nearly two weeks later in Houston.
Ohtani was a small favorite in each of those outings. The dubya he picked up in Houston was his first against the Astros in seven career starts, fashioning a 4.74 ERA (30.1 IP) along the way. Among Houston hitters, Alex Bregman has had the most success against Ohtani (4-11, .364).
You have to go back five assignments to find the last time a team scored an earned run off Ohtani, a win over the Marlins last Wednesday as -161 chalk at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review). Everything is lining up for him to be the AL’s starting pitcher in the All-Star Game next Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Who Is the Umpire Today?
CB Bucknor will be the umpire under the mask for the middle match in this 3-game series.
This will be Bucknor’s 17th plate assignment of 2022, and home teams have gone 13-3 in the previous 16 while totals ran 7-9 O/U at top-rated sportsbooks.
Astros vs. Angels: Betting Pick for Today
Trout’s availability for this one is obviously huge to making the right play. The 10-time All-Star has slumped this month with a .167 batting average and one home run during July, and not surprisingly, the Angels have also slumped with just one win in 10 games as they drag a 5-game skid into Wednesday evening.
Ohtani certainly has the ability to carry the Angels into the winner’s circle by himself, but I’m going to back off the moneyline and bank on the Astros and Angels giving us an ‘Under’ winner.
MLB Pick: Under 7 (-105) at BetOnline
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