Angels and Astros meet, winner takes 3-game series
Houston Astros (57-29, first in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (38-50, fourth in the AL West)
Anaheim, California; Thursday, 8:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Framber Valdez (8-4, 2.64 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 96 strikeouts); Angels: Reid Detmers (2-3, 4.22 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 51 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -160, Angels +137; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros meet on Thursday with the three-game series tied 1-1.
Los Angeles has gone 22-24 in home games and 38-50 overall. The Angels have a 26-14 record in games when they did not give up a home run.
Houston has a 57-29 record overall and a 30-18 record in road games. The Astros have hit 125 total home runs to rank second in the AL.
Thursday’s game is the 13th time these teams meet this season. The Astros hold an 8-4 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mike Trout leads the Angels with 24 home runs while slugging .596. Luis Rengifo is 12-for-40 with a double, a home run and four RBI over the past 10 games.
Kyle Tucker has 12 doubles and 17 home runs for the Astros. Aledmys Diaz is 11-for-32 with four doubles and three home runs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Angels: 2-8, .195 batting average, 4.29 ERA, outscored by 12 runs
Astros: 7-3, .252 batting average, 3.68 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs
INJURIES: Angels: Mike Trout: day-to-day (back), Michael Lorenzen: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Archie Bradley: 60-Day IL (elbow), Matt Duffy: 10-Day IL (back), Jimmy Herget: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Anthony Rendon: 60-Day IL (wrist), David Fletcher: 60-Day IL (hip), Cooper Criswell: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Chris Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Griffin Canning: 60-Day IL (back)
Astros: Yordan Alvarez: 10-Day IL (hand), Jason Castro: 10-Day IL (knee), Blake Taylor: 60-Day IL (elbow), Michael Brantley: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Josh James: 60-Day IL (lat), Parker Mushinski: 15-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm)