Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
- The visiting Houston Astros are the -115 favorites to defeat the Los Angeles Angels in their American League game on Tuesday, April 6th
- Robert Duff won his Sunday pick and is 1-1 on the season (-0.32 units won)
- The Astros entered play Monday having lost five in a row to the Angels and four straight at LA
Is it too early to suggest that the race for the American League West Division title is going to be a contest between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels?
The Astros began the season by sweeping the defending AL West champion Oakland Athletics. The Angels opened their campaign by taking three of four from the Chicago White Sox, touted by many pundits as AL Central favorites.
As these two powerhouses clash for an early-season series, it’s the Astros who are favored to come into LA and leave some fallen Angels in their wake. Houston is a -115 road favorite against the hometown Angels on Tuesday afternoon.
The Astros entered play Monday 4-0 both straight up and against the spread. All four of Houston’s games had gone over.
Tuesday’s game is slated for a 4:07pm ET first pitch at Angel Stadium. The MLB Network is carrying the broadcast.
Astros vs Angels Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Runline||Total at BetMGM|
|Houston Astros||-115||-1.5 (+135)||O 9.0 (-105)|
|Los Angeles Angels||-105||+1.5 (-161)||U 9.0 (-115)|
Odds as of April 5th.
The Astros hope to have outfielder Michael Brantley back in the starting lineup for this game. He was struck on the right wrist by a 90.2 mph pitch in Saturday’s game against Oakland and was removed from the game with a bone bruise. X-rays for fractures proved negative.
Shohei Ohtani threw a pitch 101-mph and hit a home run 450-feet…
… IN THE SAME INNING!
(via @MLB) pic.twitter.com/hlqJR2Nn7o
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 5, 2021
The Angels gave pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani Monday’s game off after he made his first start of the season on the mound on Sunday night. He’s expected to be back in the LA lineup for Tuesday’s game.
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Bundy Comes In For Canning
This originally was to be Griffin Canning’s start. However, after warming up in the bullpen on Sunday, Canning was scratched. His start was pushed back to Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Bundy was the opening-day starter for the Angels. Though he didn’t figure in the decision, Bundy fanned six in six innings, allowing three runs.
Astros Career Stats vs Bundy
Bundy hasn’t fared well against the Astros over his career. He’s 0-3 lifetime in seven appearances, including six starts. Bundy shows a 4.46 ERA and 1.294 WHIP against Houston.
Dylan Bundy, Filthy Breaking Balls. 😷 pic.twitter.com/ZVUG8aEn4g
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 2, 2021
Overall, Bundy, who finished ninth in AL Cy Young Award voting last season, is 3-1 in his last four decisions. He made one appearance against Houston last season. Bundy allowed two earned runs in seven innings in a game won 6-5 by LA.
Greinke Impressive For Openers
Winning on opening day for the first time in his career, Greinke threw six scoreless innings in beating the A’s. He allowed only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.
Zack Greinke’s thoughts on MLB changing the baseballs pic.twitter.com/rG8K1Zl0n1
— Baseball Doesn’t Exist (@BaseballDoesnt) March 26, 2021
The victory was the 209th of Greinke’s MLB career. When he takes the mound Tuesday, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award-winner will be making his 461st start. That’s the most among active MLB pitchers.
Angels Career Stats vs Greinke
Greinke has made 15 career starts against the Angels. He’s 6-5 with a 3.98 ERA.
Pick: Houston Astros (-115), 1 unit
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An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.