LA Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction MLB Picks 5/20/24

Houston Astros (20-26) vs LA Angels (17-29)

Game Info: Monday, May 20, 2024 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Framber Valdez (3-1) (2.95) vs Reid Detmers (3-4) (5.19)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -195 / LA Angels +178 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros meet Monday in MLB action from Minute Maid Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a LA Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Los Angeles Angels will send out Reid Detmers for the start here and Detmers is 3-4 with a 5.19 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. In his last five career starts against the Astros, Detmers is 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA and 20 strikeouts. Framber Valdez will get the start for the Astros and is 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. In his last five starts against the Angels, Valdez is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 51 strikeouts.

Los Angeles Angels Recap

The Los Angeles Angels come into this one looking to build on their series win over the Texas Rangers over the weekend, knocking off Texas on Sunday in the rubber match by a final score of 4-1 for their first series win since the beginning of April.

Angels Finally Wake Up Offensively

Going into Sunday’s action, Taylor Ward leads the Angels with 49 hits along with 10 home runs and a team-high 28 RBIs. Mike Trout also has 10 home runs along with a pair of triples and 6 stolen bases, but remains out indefinitely with injury while Zach Neto has a team-high 47 strikeouts and 6 stolen bases. Luis Rengifo also has a team-high 10 stolen bases while Jo Adell has 8 home runs, 21 RBIs and 8 stolen bases as well.

Why the Los Angeles Angels will win

  • The Angels have won four of their last five games as road underdogs.
  • The Astros have lost three of their last four games as favorites against the Angels following a win.
  • The underdogs have covered the run line in eight of the Angels' last nine games.
  • The Astros have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last nine Monday games as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • The Astros have trailed after 3 innings in 16 of their last 23 games as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • The Angels have led after 5 innings in four of their last five games as underdogs against American League opponents.

Houston Astros Recap

The Houston Astros are coming in off of another series win, knocking off the Milwaukee Brewers 9-4 on Sunday to keep their series win streak alive after taking out the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers in the last couple of series over the last week and a half.

Astros Cooking At The Plate

Entering Sunday’s series finale, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 57 hits and a .310 batting average with 7 home runs and 10 doubles while Kyle Tucker has a team-high 13 homers with 11 doubles and 29 RBIs. Yordan Alvarez also has 8 homers with 20 RBIs while Altuve has the Astros’ team lead with 7 stolen bases so far this season.

Why the Houston Astros will win

  • The Angels have lost each of their last 14 games against American League opponents following a road win.
  • The Astros have won each of their last six games against teams that held a losing record.
  • The Angels have failed to cover the run line in each of their last eight games as road underdogs against the Astros following a road win.
  • The Astros have covered the run line in five of their last six games against teams that held a losing record.
  • The Astros have led after 5 innings in each of their last six games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Astros have led after 3 innings in each of their last six games against opponents that held a losing record.

LA Angels vs Houston Astros Prediction

I’m on the Astros here. Houston’s just finally shown up to where we can say this team has finally woken up from their slumber, as the bats are clicking and the pitching has followed suit for a lot of the run as well. On the other side, the Angels have had some glimpses of success on offense, but Reid Detmers has been a completely different pitcher than what he was to start the year. I think the Astros tee off on Detmers here and start the series with a bang. Give me Houston.

Chris’s Pick Houston -195

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