Remember the golden rule, don’t call your bookie after six drinks.
While everyone in America is pounding margaritas and shots of tequila, the Astros and Angels will be spending Cinco de Mayo playing America’s past time in Mexico. While anytime a game is played outside the USA is exciting, this matchup leaves more to be desired.
Money Line – Los Angeles Angels +174, Houston Astros -185
Run Line – Los Angeles Angels +1.5 (+111), Houston Astros -1.5 (-123)
Over/Under – 10 (O +100, U -120)
First Pitch – 3:10 p.m. Central Time, Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Does Justin Verlander own the fountain of youth? The 36-year-old is easily one of the best pitchers in the MLB through the first month of the season. His 2.45 ERA is best out of the Astros starters, and he is blowing batters away with his 53 strikeouts on the season. That number should be soaring after this next game as the Angels batters have struck out 124 times this season the right-handed starters.
For as good as the Astros pitching has been, the hitting may be even better. The Astros rank first in the AL in batting average and OBP. They are also third in slugging percentage. George Springer might as well be called George Dinger for how many homeruns he hits. I am so sorry for that joke. But Springer is tied for the team lead in homeruns with Jose Altuve at nine homeruns. They do face a right-handed pitcher on Sunday who they struggle against. However, they are still hitting .260 as a team against right-handers.
Los Angeles Angels
Oh, the Angels. This game is not going to be kind to you. Not only do they have to face Verlander, but they also have the shell of Matt Harvey on the mound. I feel so bad for Harvey. That ninth inning collapse in the 2015 World Series seems to have derailed his career. His time in LA has not been kind to him. He is currently sitting at a 6.54 ERA, and now he has to face one of the best hitting teams in the game. Hopefully, the Angels will enjoy the vacation in Mexico because this game is not going to go well for them.
Analysis and Prediction
So, it is pretty obvious that I like the Astros in this game. Load up on the Astros on the money line at -185. However, if you have been buying too many shots while out and need to make up some money fast, the run line is an interesting bet. Rarely do you ever seem to get runs and also be getting money. While it probably won’t hit maybe throw some money on the Angels +1.5 at +111. I would mostly bet the Angels on the run line to hedge your money line bet.