Major league baseball on Wednesday night and I will have a free pick in the game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros, which will be played at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. First pitch is scheduled for an 8:10 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 7.5 -110
The Angels rank 11th in scoring (4.32 rpg), while on the mound they are 10th in ERA (3.58). Houston ranks 5th in scoring (4.43 rpg), while on the mound they are 8th in ERA (3.53).
Trends for tonight’s game includes: The Halos are 9-2 in Richards' last 11 starts with 5 days of rest and 18-7 in his last 25 starts following a Quality Start, while the Astros are 19-7 in their last 26 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 38-17 in their last 55 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
Getting the ball for the Angels tonight will be Garrett Richards, who is 10-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 18 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 4-5 with a 4.73 ERA in 9 starts. Richards is 5-2 with a 3.50 ERA in 11 games (8 starts) in his career vs the Astros, while at Minute Maid park he is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 5 games ( 3 starts).
Taking the hill for Houston tonight will be Lance McCullers, who is 4-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 12 starts overall, while at home he has gone 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in 6 starts. Lance is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 1 start vs the Halos.
Pick: I will look at the Over in this game. McCullers has been strong at home, but this Halos offense has been hot and they should get to him for some runs in this smallish park. The Halos come in averaging 5.9 rpg in their last 10 games and they have averaged 4.73 rpg on the road this year. The Astros have averaged 5.2 rpg in their last 10 games, while at home they have put up 4.4 rpg and will be taking on Garrett Richards, who has a 4.73 ERA on the road this year. Game 1 of this series put up 15 runs and this one should hit DD as well.
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