Major League Baseball is set to take over Mexico again this weekend, and the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels will be on the field in Monterrey, Mexico. This is the second series of the year that is taking place in Mexico, and the American League West rivals should put on a good show in another country. The Angels come into this series with a ton of momentum, while the Astros have been scuffling a bit of late. Even though this game will feel like an exhibition, both teams will be looking to get a big divisional victory.
The Houston Astros sit in first place in the American League West, but they have a bunch of teams right on their heels. Houston comes into this game with a record of 18-14, but they have lost three of their last four games. Los Angeles got off to a slow start this season, but they have won four straight games. The Angels are just 15-17 on the season and find themselves in fourth place in the AL West. The Houston Astros are -135 over the Los Angeles Angels in the first game of the series on Saturday.
Trout Continues to Lead Angels
Mike Trout is widely considered the best player in Major League Baseball, and he continues to put up monster numbers for the Angels. Trout comes into this game with an on-base percentage of .492, and the Astros pitchers know all about his abilities at the plate. Rightfielder Kole Calhoun actually leads the team with eight home runs this season and has done a great job of giving Trout some protection in that lineup. The Angels are hitting just .242 as a team so far this season, but they have the ability to hit plenty of home runs to put up runs.
Pitching has been an issue for the Angels this season, and that could be a huge concern as they face a very good hitting team in Houston. The Angels have a 4.61 team earned-run average and have recorded just seven quality starts all season long. Trevor Cahill will be on the mound in the series opener, and he has struggled for much of the season. Cahill comes into this game with a record of 1-2 and has an earned run average of 5.93.
Astros Have a Deep Lineup
The Houston Astros still have much of the same lineup that led them to a World Series Championship in 2017. Houston has already blasted 49 home runs this season, and they sport a team batting average of .267. George Springer is tied for the team lead with nine home runs and has also driven in 24 runs. Jose Altuve has also bounced back from a rough 2018 season and has belted nine home runs as well. This Astros lineup will give any pitching staff fits.
Houston had one of the best pitching staffs in baseball a season ago, but that hasn’t been the case so far this season. Veteran Wade Miley will be on the mound in this game, and he is looking for his second victory of the season. Miley brings a 1-2 record into this game, but he does have a respectable ERA of just 3.24. Figuring out a way to keep Mike Trout off base will be a huge key in this one.
Houston Takes Game One
Even though the Los Angeles Angels have been playing much better of late, they still aren’t on the same level as the Astros. Houston will eventually figure things out and will wind up being one of the best teams in baseball. This game should be a great show for the fans, but the Astros are winning this game. Bet the Houston Astros -135 over the Los Angeles Angels.