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Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros Betting Pick/Player Prop

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The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros begin a four-game weekend series on Thursday night. Both teams have shown some promise to begin the 2021 season, but each team is still looking to really get things going.

Los Angeles comes into this series with an overall record of 9-7 after dropping two of three games to the Texas Rangers. The Angels are currently in third place in the West Division and should compete for the division title this year.

Houston was expected to take a step back this season, and that has been the case to begin the year. The Astros have gone just 1-9 in their last 10 games, and they are currently in last place in the division. 

The Houston Astros are -129 over the Los Angeles Angels in this American League West showdown.

 

Angels Have Balanced Lineup

Los Angeles has gone out and spent some serious money in the last few years, and it has helped them put together a balanced offensive lineup. Mike Trout is still the leader of the team, but Los Angeles comes into this game with a .266 batting average.

Trout is hitting .393 with six home runs, but opposing pitchers are starting to pay for simply just putting him on base. Shohei Ohtani has been great at the plate this season as well, and this Angels team is going to score some runs.

Alex Cobb takes the mound for the Angels on Thursday night, and he is 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA. Los Angeles is still in need of more consistent pitching, but it has been better than average. 

Houston Has a Problem

The Houston Astros have really struggled to get out this season as the team ERA is now 4.62. Houston will send Cristian Javier to the mound on Thursday, and he has been one of the better arms on the staff.

Houston has given up at least six runs in all nine of their losses during this rough stretch, and they just don’t have the offense to overcome a bad outing. The Astros have been better than the league average on offense, but the pitching staff must get things turned around.

Outfielder Kyle Tucker has blasted four home runs and driven in 11 runs this season to lead the offense. This lineup is no longer as deep as it has been, but they will still take advantage of mistakes from opposing pitchers. 

Angels Roll Over Astros

Houston is going to get things turned back around at some point, but there are some big problems with the pitching staff of the Astros. The Astros should be able to score some runs in this game, but they are also going to give up a big number.

Mike Trout has been getting plenty of help this season in Los Angeles, and this Angels team looks like a legitimate contender. The Angels are going to have another big offensive game in a hitter-friendly park on Thursday night. 

This should be a competitive series, but it is the Angels that come into this matchup with more momentum. Forget about betting the money line in this game and take the underdog Los Angeles Angels -1.5 as they take control and begin this series with a dominating win. 

Player Prop

Player To HIt A Home Run: Justin Upton (+300)

The LA Angels have been supplying plenty of lumber so far this season. In just 16 games, the Angels are tied for the lead in the AL in HRs with 25. They hit 4 more yesterday in a 7-4 loss to the Texas Rangers.

While Mike Trout (6) and Shohei Ohtani (5) lead the team in HRs and attention in the lineup, Justin Upton has quietly been starting to heat up. Upton had only 1 HR in his first 10 games, but has connected for 3 in his last 4, including a solo blast yesterday against the Rangers. That HR had an exit velocity of 116.5, which made it the hardest hit HR by an Angels player since Statcast was introduced in 2015. 

Upton did leave the game early yesterday after feeling some discomfort in his leg. But manager Joe Maddon indicated it was only a cramp and that Upton should be in the lineup tonight.

With Trout (+163) and Ohtani (+210) at higher prices in this matchup, we'll take the more reasonable Upton (+300) to keep his recent surge going and connect for an HR against Astros pitching.

 

 

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