Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick – July 14

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout July 14. Thirteen games are up on the board throughout Thursday. One of these games will be between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 8:07 PM Eastern time.

Houston has earned a record 57-30 throughout this season, which has them sitting in first place of the AL West. The Astros are coming off a loss in their last game, but have gone 7-3 throughout their last 10 games. Houston has an 11 game lead on the division. The Astros will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.

The Angels have put up a record of 39-50 so far on the season, which has them in fourth place of the AL West. Los Angeles is coming off a win in their last game, but have gone 2-8 in their last 10 matchups. The Angels are eight games out of a wild card spot entering this one. Los Angeles will look to get a pivotal win at home on Thursday night.

These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings entering this one, but will look for a big win on Tuesday night. Los Angeles has struggled a lot as of late, but will look to build on their last win. The Astros will look to get back in the win column with a strong start. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Houston Astros -1 ½ (+105) -160 Over 8 (-105)
Los Angeles Angels +1 ½ (-125) +134 Under 8 (-115)
Team Data Houston Astros Los Angeles Angels
Overall Record 57-30 39-50
Away/ Home Record 30-18 22-24
Batting Average .241 .232
Batting Average Away/ Home .235 .249
ERA 2.99 3.91
ERA Away/ Home 3.19 3.64

Betting Trends

Houston Astros

  • 9-3 in July games
  • 7-1 when playing on Thursday
  • 27-14 against divisional opponents
  • 34-20 in night games
  • 18-9 against left handers
  • 21-8 after a loss
  • 38-21 against team with a losing record

Los Angeles Angels

  • 2-9 in July
  • 4-6 when playing on a Thursday
  • 18-18 against division rivals
  • 27-37 in night games
  • 12-12 against left handed starters
  • 19-19 after a win
  • 7-20 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up 12 times throughout this season. The first four games were in Los Angeles, where the Astros won three of the four. The Angels bounced back with two wins in the next three game set on the road. Houston swept the next three games, while both teams split the two games of this series. The Astros have outscored Los Angeles 58-42 in those games.

Offense

The Astros have been strong at the plate throughout the season. Houston has a batting average of .241, which is 16th in the league. The Astros have earned a .321 on base percentage, which is 9th in the MLB. Houston has put up an OPS of .748, which is 5th in the league. The Astros have hit .236 against lefties this season.

Los Angeles has been solid hitting the ball so far on the season. The Angels have a .232 batting average, which is 26th in the MLB. Los Angeles has posted an OBP of .303, which is 24th in the league. The Angels have earned a .689 OPS, which is 20th in the MLB this season. Los Angeles has a BA of .233 against left handers.

These two teams have been solid hitting the ball this season. Houston has been better at the plate, but the Angels will look to build on their 12 hit and 7 run performance on Tuesday night. The Astros only mustered 4 hits and 1 run in the last game. If either team can hit the ball well early, it could be enough for the win on Thursday night.

Pitching Preview

Framber Valdez will likely get the start on the mound for Houston in this one. Valdez has started in 17 games this season, going 8-4 in those outings. He has posted a 2.64 ERA and a WHIP of 1.11 in his starts this season. Valdez pitched eight innings in his last start against the Oakland Athletics. He gave up four hits and two runs in the loss.

I expect Reid Detmers to get the start at pitcher for the Angels on Thursday night. Detmers has earned a record of 2-3 throughout his 13 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 4.22 and a 1.05 WHIP in those matchups. Detmers gave up two hits and no runs through six innings in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles.

These two pitchers have been solid throughout the season and will look for a fast start in this one. Valdez will look to bounce back after the loss in his last start. The Astros have the edge in the bullpen in this one as well. Houston’s relievers have a 2.99 ERA, which is 1st in the league. The Angels bullpen has combined for an ERA of 3.91, which is 16th in the MLB.

Pick Overview

The Astros will look to get back on track after losing to Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Houston has been one of the league’s top teams this season, while the Angels have been a bit disappointing. Houston has the hitting and pitcher on the mound entering this one. If the Astros can get the early lead, I think they can earn a big win.

Bovada has Houston listed as a -160 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Astros will win this game around 61.5 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but has little value. Houston is also listed at -1 ½ for +105. I think that the Astros will come out quick in this one and will grab a dominant win.

The Bet
Houston Astros -1.5
+105
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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