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Los Angeles Angels' Max Stassi (33) doubles during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)


Kyle Barrette

We ended last week strong with the Red Sox going over 10 runs pretty easily. This week we’re going to pick up right where we left off. However, it may not be with the teams you expect. We’re heading to Houston for today’s pick in a game between the Astros and the Angels. The Angels are already barreling through injuries but should get a familiar face back for this game to combat the strong Astros lineup. With the improved Angels lineup, who gets the win? Let’s break it down and find out. 

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Call it a mix between being overly cautious and your worst nightmare. Mike Trout was hit on the hand by a pitch and has not played since. The tests came back negative, but the Angels consider Trout day-to-day. It’s a big sigh of relief for Angels fans who know what life is like without their future hall of fame center fielder. With Rendon still getting a game off every seven days, they need Trout to be healthy for the long haul, so maybe the slow approach isn’t so bad. Looking at tonight’s matchup, Rendon should be back in the lineup after missing last night’s game with a stomach bug. Sandoval takes the hill for LA and has not had a fun time facing this Astros lineup. Sandoval owns a 12% strikeout rate and is allowing an average of .306 to Astros hitters over 56 at-bats. 

These two teams are battling for the top spot in the division like many thought they would, so although these games are very early in the season, come crunch time, these games could help sway one team in front of the other. The Astros dominated game one of this series, winning 8-3. The Angels were without two of their top bats, but the Astros pretty much controlled the game from start to finish. Sandoval will take the hill for the Astros, and his numbers against the Angels show up a little better than Sandoval’s. In 114 at-bats, Valdez has a 21% strikeout percentage and a .280 batting average against.

Angels vs Astros Pick: Over 8.5 Runs
Look for both guys to give up their share of runs. While Valdez has a great ability to strike out a lot of these Angels hitters, the .280 batting average against in over 100 at bats cannot be ignored, and while the Astros will likely do the majority of the heavy lifting in the run column, the Angels will get a few, and the combined total will be higher than the posted total.

Same Game Parlay:
Over 8.5 Runs, Framber Valdez Over 4.5 K’s, Michael Brantley to record 2+ hits and Yoran Alvarez to hit a HR. 

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