Major league baseball on Monday night and we will see the Houston Astros travel to Angel Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Angels in game 1 of their 3 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 10:10 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 7 O -115
The Houston Astros come in with the 2nd best record in baseball, with a 41-30 mark on the year, which includes an 18-16 mark on the road. Houston leads the season series by a 4-3 count. The Halos continue to not play well as they last the last 2 games in the Oakland series and have now lost 5 of their last 8 overall. The Halos are in 3rd place in the AL West with a 35-35 record, while at home they have gone 19-15. This is a huge series for them.
The Astros rank 7th in scoring (4.42 rpg), 25th in hitting (.241) and 1st in homers (103), while on the mound they are 10th in ERA (3.65) and 1st in WHIP (1.17). LA ranks 22nd in scoring (3.99 rpg), 24th in hitting (.242) and 9th in homers (72), while on the mound they are 11th in ERA (3.78) and 8th in WHIP (1.22).
Getting the ball for the Astros tonight will be Brett Olberholzer, who has gone 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 5 starts this year, while on the road he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Brett is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in 4 career starts vs the Halos, while in this park he is 1-2 with a 6.48 ERA in 4 starts.
Taking the hill for the Halos tonight will be lefty Hector Santiago, who is 4-4 with a 2.77 ERA overall, while at home he has gone 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA. Hector has gone 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in 4 career starts vs the Astros.
Pick: Neither starter has fared well against tonight's opponent, but I have to feel that the Halos and Santiago will get the job done tonight. They need this series badly or they could just fall completely out of the race. Santiago has a solid 2.49 ERA at home, whole Olberholzer has a 4.50 ERA on the road and a 6.48 ERA in 4 career starts in this park. I just can't see the Astros taking game 1 here vs a Halos team that has the better starter and overall is the better hitting team. Tonight I go with the Halos at this modest price.
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