Houston Astros (87-58 SU, 74-62-9 O/U) v. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (74-71 SU, 61-74-10 O/U) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 10:07 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Brad Peacock (R) 10-2, 3.05 ERA, 1.24 WHIP (HOU) v. Ricky Nolasco (R) 6-13, 5.19 ERA, 1.47 WHIP (LAA)
Money Line: Houston Astros -135 | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim +125
The Angels of Anaheim will play host to the Houston Astros on Thursday night in this AL West showdown. The Angels are chasing the Minnesota Twins for a spot in the American League Wild Card. They’re just 2 games behind the Twins in the Wild Card standings. The Astros, on the other hand, own a comfortable lead in the AL West. They need to win five more games in order to clinch the division. Will the Astros inch closer to clinching the AL West with a win over the Angels in Anaheim?
Astros crushed in game two
The Houston Astros were throttled by the Los Angeles Angels in game two of this series. They lost 9-1 to the Halos. Houston’s lineup really struggled in the loss. The Astros finished the game with just 5 hits. Houston’s lineup has been terrific for the majority of the season, but they’ve struggled recently. The Astros have only scored 4 runs in their last three games. They’ll try to get something going as they take on Ricky Nolasco and the Angels on Thursday.
Brad Peacock will get the nod for the Astros in this matchup with the Halos. Peacock has been terrific in 2017. The right-handed veteran looked good in his last start, a no-decision against the A’s in Oakland. Peacock only gave up five hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings in that game. He didn’t allow a single walk. Furthermore, Peacock fanned 9 batters. He’ll look to get his 11th win of the season as he takes the hill in Anaheim.
Halos dominate the Astros
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were dominant in their 9-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday. The Halos scored 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. LA’s lineup was terrific in the win. Six different players doubled for the Angels. It was one of the Halos’ more impressive games at the plate this season. They only have a .397 slugging percentage, which is the fourth-worst slugging percentage in the majors.
Ricky Nolasco will take the mound against the Astros on Thursday. Nolasco hasn’t had a great season thus far, and he struggled in his last start against the Mariners in Seattle. The right-handed veteran gave up six hits, two walks, and four runs in only 3 2/3 innings of action. It has been nearly a month since Nolasco’s last win. He’ll try to end his dry streak with a win over a dangerous Astros lineup in this one.
The Houston Astros are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series.
- 11-4 in their last 15 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- 4-1 in Peacock’s last 5 Thursday starts.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are:
- 4-9 in their last 13 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
- 3-11 in Nolasco’s last 14 starts with 5 days of rest.
- 1-6 in Nolasco’s last 7 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- 0-4 in Nolasco’s last 4 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
The Astros are incredibly close to clinching the division, and they’ve played the Angels pretty well in 2017. Brad Peacock has been terrific on the road in 2017. Peacock has a 6-0 record and a 2.95 ERA in 10 road starts. The Astros are 11-5 in their last 16 trips to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and I think they’ll have some success against Ricky Nolasco in this one. Nolasco gave up six hits, two walks, and four runs in six innings in his last start against the Astros. I like the Houston Astros to bounce back with a win in Anaheim on Thursday.