Major League Baseball on Wednesday afternoon and I will have a Free Pick in the game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels, which will be played at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. First pitch is scheduled for a 3:35 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 7.5 U -115
This is game 3 of a 3 game series between these American League West foes. The Angels took game 1 of this series, but last night they were blasted by a score of 13-3, as the good CJ Wilson just didn't show up. The Astros now lead the AL West by 4 games over the Rangers and by 5.5 games over the Angels, who really lost a golden opportunity to gain more ground last night. The Astros rank 9th in scoring (4.40 rpg), while on the mound they are 9th in ERA (3.67). Los Angeles ranks 23rd in scoring (3.99 rpg), while on the mound they are 12th in ERA (3.77).
Trend for this game include: The Astros are 14-6 in their last 20 during game 3 of a series, but just 19-49 in their last 68 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Halos have gone 18-6 in their last 24 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150 and 24-11 in Shoemaker's last 35 starts, but just 1-6 n his last 7 home starts.
Getting the ball for Astros today will be Lance McCullers, who is 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 7 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA. Lance has yet to fave the Halos in his career.
Toeing the rubber for the Angels today will be Matt Shoemaker, who is 4-5 with a 5.20 ERA in 13 starts this year, while at home he has gone 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 6 starts. Matt is 1-1 with an 8.00 ERA in 2 career starts vs the Astros.
Pick: Going with the Halos to get back last night's crushing loss. The Astros are in first place, but at some point this team will start to regress. They don't hit the ball all that well and just can't rely on homers to win games. Shoemaker has struggled at home, but McCullers has struggled on the road and I see him struggling a bit more than Matt. Going with the Halos in this one.
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