Houston Astros versus Los Angeles Angels (July 18)
In this American League West battle, the Los Angeles Angels host the Houston Astros.
Wade Miley is scheduled to start on the mound for the Astros and Matt Harvey is set to take the ball for the Angels.
Offensively, the Astros have a balanced attack featuring eight players with at least ten home runs.
Alex Bregman paces the team with 24 home runs, while George Springer has added 20 home runs to provide a potent one-two punch.
As a team the Astros are hitting .270 with 151 home runs and an average of 5.1 runs per game.
The Angels have also shown significant power, lead by Mike Trout and his 30 home runs and 75 RBI.
Kyle Calhoun has added 21 home runs, while 39-year old veteran Albert Pujols has 14 home runs.
Shohei Ohtani continues hit power production at DH with 14 home runs.
As a team the Angels have a .262 average with 140 home runs and 5.2 runs per game.
Wade Miley is having a very solid season on the mound for the Astros. He’s 7-4 with a 3.32 ERA.
He’s struck out a respectable 91 in 108 2/3 innings, but has been taking deep 17 times.
The bullpen has been a mixed bag for the Astros.
Closer Roberto Osuna has 20 saves and an ERA of 2.33 and Ryan Pressley have a very slim 1.31 ERA in 41 1/3 innings.
However, Josh James and Chris Devenski have a combined 4.95 ERA in 87 1/3 innings.
As a team, the Astros are allowing just 4.2 runs per game.
Time have been rough for Matt Harvey this season. In 53 2/3 innings, he’s allowed 11 home runs and a very high ERA of 6.88.
The bullpen has been solid, but not spectacular.
Ty Buttrey has pitched to a 2.60 ERA in 45 innings.
Hansel Robles has nearly identical numbers as Buttrey.
Cam Bedrosian and Just Anderson have combined 3.63 ERA in 79 1/3 innings.
As a unit, the Angels have allowed 4.9 runs per game.
This game has all the makings of a high scoring one, simply due to Harvey’s issues keeping the ball in the park against the powerful Astros’ offense.
If the Angels can get to Miley, they have a chance going against an inconsistent Houston bullpen.
Im taking the “over” in this one….
and will look for the Astros to pound the ball to the tune of an 8-4 or 8-5 win.