MLB Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels – Saturday, August 1, 2020

by Ayden Fahlstrom | August 1, 2020 |

The Los Angeles Angels will host the Houston Astros for their second game of this three-game series. Both teams find themselves on opposite ends of the AL West standings, with the Angels on the bottom and Astros on top.

The Angels haven’t had the start of the season they were hoping for. They only won one game out of their opening four-game series against Oakland. They followed that up with one win in their three-game series against Seattle. Last night, they dropped their first game of this series against Houston.

On the other hand, Houston has had a much better start — yet they know they’re destined for more. They defeated the Mariners three times out of four in their opening series, but followed that up with two straight losses against the Dodgers. They bounced back and won their last game vs. the Angels and will be looking to do the same on Saturday.

Houston Astros Looking for Second-Straight Victory

The Houston Astros (4-3) managed to score nine runs against the Angels on Friday to open their series. Kyle Tucker led the way offensively with four runs batted in off three hits. Brandon Bielak received his second win of the season in as many starts.

The Astros have selected to go with Zack Greinke on the mound to start the game. He didn’t have such a good start in his first outing, pitching for 3.1 innings, only striking out two batters, and allowing a total of three earned runs. He’ll need to throw better on Saturday to bounce back.

Los Angeles Angels Need a Win Badly

The Los Angeles Angels (2-6) have had a horrific start to their season. They need a win badly and they need it now. They’ve now lost three-straight games and have allowed 27 runs over that span. They have managed to score 18 times over that span, but it hasn’t been enough.

The Angels have Griffin Canning receiving the start on the mound Saturday night. His first start of the season ended in defeat, striking out seven batters in 4.2 innings and allowing three earned runs. He’ll be looking for help from David Fletcher, Justin Upton, and Brian Goodwin on the offensive end.

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting Lines

The Angels will be looking to tie this series up on Saturday night. If you were hoping to bed on this action, BetOnline has the Houston Astros (-163) with the 1.5-run advantage over the Los Angeles Angel (+150). They also have the over/under listed at nine runs.

What’s Our Pick?

The Houston Astros have looked much more consistent this season when compared to the work the Angels have done. Los Angeles isn’t going to want that three-game losing streak to get any worse, but I don’t think that’s going to come to an end on Saturday.

I think Houston takes this one pretty soundly. I think it’ll be tight for the first few innings, but Houston’s bats will start to warm up around the fourth inning. I’ve got the final score at 6-2 in favor of the Houston Astros, with a home run from Michael Brantley.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Houston Astros (-163)

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