Prediction & Best Bet: Angels vs Astros (6/1)

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Today we have a smaller MLB slate with games sprinkled throughout the workday. But I’ll focus on the last game of the evening and give you my prediction and best bet for tonight’s matchup between the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros.

Let’s dive into the game!

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Angels vs Astros Preview

The Angels are coming off a series victory in Chicago against the White Sox that included a 12-5 victory last night. The Angels bats were clearly hot as they had 5 Home Runs from 4 different players. Shohei Ohtani had two 2-run shots.

Tonight they travel to Texas to take on the Houston Astros at home. These division rivals are 2nd and 3rd in the AL West at the moment. The Astros took 2 out of 3 at home earlier in the year, and now the Angels are back in town for some redemption.

Both of these teams play about the same as they do on the road, so let’s dive into some betting angles.

Angels vs Astros Matchup

Matchup Information

  • Venue & Location: Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX)
  • Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2023
  • First Pitch: 8:10pm Eastern
  • Broadcast: FS1

Pitching Matchup

  • Los Angeles Angels: Reid Detmers (0-4, 4.93 ERA)
  • Houston Astros: Frambler Valdez (5-4, 2.38 ERA)

Betting Odds

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  • Los Angeles Angels +1.5 (-135)
  • Houston Astros -1.5 (+110)


  • Los Angeles Angels +145
  • Houston Astros -175


  • Over 8.5 (-110)
  • Under 8.5 (-110)

Angels vs Astros Prediction & Best Bet

Frambler Valdez over 5.5 Strikeouts (-152) BetOnline

Now again, this one is juicy but for good reason.

Valdez has cleared this line in 7/11 games this season, including two games with 5 strikeouts. At home, he’s cleared in 5/7 starts this year, including 3 straight with 8, 8, and 7 Ks each.

If Valdez had one more strikeout last start, he would’ve cleared this number in 5 straight games, but 40 Ks in his last 5 starts is nothing to be shy about. The man tears it up.

He already started one game against this Angels squad. Valdez struckout 12 batters in 8 innings. He has the stamina to go late into games, and at home against this team, I expect him to have another great start.

I’ll be targeting his ladder as well.

Bonus Bets

Valdez 7+ Ks (+138)

Valdez 8+ Ks (+265)

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Jeremy Pena over 1.5 Hits, Runs & RBIs (-145)

Now this category is only found on a few books, but it is worth seeking out.

Pena clears this line in 54% of home games this season, and has hit in 4 of his L5. He bats better against lefties whom he is facing today. Reid Detmers has not recorded a win yet this season, and is posting nearly a 5.00 ERA.

In his career, Pena lights it up against Detmers. In 8 Plate appearances, Pena is batting .571 with 4 hits, 1 2B, an RBI and a walk. He clearly sees the ball well and loves hitting against this guy.

I’ll lay the juice and bet on Pena to keep the heater going.

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Nate Hornung
Nate Hornung

Nate has been a recreational sports bettor for about 5 years. In that time, he has grown to love the pursuit of winners and sticking it to The Man. Nate loves data and uses his understanding of numbers to help him be a more profitable sports gambler, however he will be the first to tell you this game is about more than just stats.

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