Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels 5-8-2023

Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels 5/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels 5/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Houston Astros will go against the Los Angeles Angels in MLB action in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, CA, on Monday, May 8, 2023, at 9:38 PM ET.


The Mariners were only six outs away from losing the series when Houston grabbed a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning on Saturday. They continued to lose that game 7-5 after giving up seven runs in the eighth.


The offense managed just one run in the rubber game on Sunday, ending the series. The two defeats weren’t completely the fault of the lineup, but this season, Houston’s offense lagged significantly behind their pitching.


In terms of runs per game, the squad is ranked 15th, right in the center of the league.


Although they only hit 30 home runs in 34 games, they rank 20th in batting average, 21st in on-base percentage, 27th in slugging percentage, and 24th in home runs.


Except for the batting average, the league winners from last year ranked in the top 10 in each of those categories. The Astros this season are top-10 in terms of strikeout rate at the plate yet rank bottom-10 in terms of walk rate.


Thankfully, reinforcements are on the way, with Chas McCormick, another potent hitter, and former All-Star Michael Brantley scheduled to return this week. By the end of the month, Jose Altuve should also be back.


The Astros had the second-lowest ERA in MLB on the mound, helped by excellent defense, which is where they ended in 2022.


The bullpen is strong and has top-10 ERA and FIP ratings. Only one set of relievers strikes out opposing batters at a greater rate, making them almost impenetrable. 


  • The total went UNDER in 8 of Houston’s last 11 matches.
  • The Houston Astros are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches.
  • The Astros are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games with the LA Angels.

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Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels Predictions 5/8/2023


The Angels had every intention of having a successful series opener against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Friday. Los Angeles’ pitchers lost the next two games despite having a chance to win the series by giving up 26 runs.


The Angels let up 18 runs in a span that lasted from Saturday’s ninth inning to Sunday’s fourth inning. On Sunday, they jumped off to a 3-0 lead, but it was swiftly overturned and forgotten.


Patrick Sandoval will be relied upon to provide peace by an Angels staff that ranks 15th in ERA. 


This year, the Angels’ offensive was excellent thanks to Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani’s leadership. Los Angeles has the fifth-most home runs in the league, which helps the team rank seventh in runs scored per game.


The Angels’ hitting order boasts one of the top ten lowest strikeout percentages among MLB clubs, along with Houston.


In terms of both batting average and OBP, Los Angeles sits seventh. This year, all three players have at least a .800 OPS, seven home runs, and 20 RBIs.


  • The total went OVER in 4 of the LA Angels’ last 5 matches.
  • The Los Angeles Angels are 5-2 SU in their last 7 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of the LA Angels’ last 7 matches at home.

Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels. The MLB pick for this game is the Los Angeles Angels. Last season, Sandoval had trouble with the Astros, but this lineup in Houston isn’t nearly as risky.


Los Angeles’ lineup also significantly improved, and this season their bullpen can go up against anyone’s. Although Hunter Brown was effective this year, particularly on the road, the Angels present a difficult test for a rookie pitcher.


The Angels currently have the stronger lineup in this matchup. Both the starting pitching competition and the potential reliever parade are competitive. The Angels will win to a predicted score of 6-3.


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Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels 5/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 9:38 PM ET


Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, CA


Date: Monday, May 8, 2023




MLB Odds: Houston Astros -121


MLB Totals: 8.5


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