Los Angeles Angels (69-71, fourth in AL West) vs. Houston Astros (81-58, first in AL West)
Houston; Friday, 20:10 EDT
PITCHING Likely: Angels: Shohei Ohtani (9-1, 2.97 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 135 strikeouts) Astros: Framber Valdez (9-5, 3.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 103 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -196, Angels +168; over / under are 8 races
BOTTOM LINE: Shohei Ohtani and the Angels host Astros Friday.
The Astros are 43-26 at home. The Houston staff averages 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings, with Zack Greinke leading them with a mark of 6.2.
The angels have left home 32-37. Los Angeles has slugged .412 this season. Shohei Ohtani leads the club with a .602 slugging percentage, including 72 extra-based hits and 43 home runs.
The Angels won the last meeting 3-1. Reid Detmers earned his first win, and Phil Gosselin went 2-on-4 with a double, a home run and an RBI for Los Angeles. Lance McCullers Jr. took its fourth loss to Houston.
TOP PERFORMANCES: Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with 58 extra base hits and hits .291.
Ohtani leads the Angels with 72 extra base hits and hits .255.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 4-6, .257 stroke average, 5.42 ERA, scored with 14 runs
Angels: 6-4, .228 stroke average, 3.54 ERA, scored opponents with five runs
INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Andre Scrubb: (shoulder), Rafael Montero: (shoulder), Tyler Ivey: (not stated), Zack Greinke: (covid-19), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (shoulder), Taylor Jones: (covid-19), Jason Castro: (knee).
Angels: Austin Warren: (health records), Patrick Sandoval: (spine), Jose Marte: (not revealed), Reid Detmers: (health records), Alex Cobb: (wrist), Dylan Bundy: (shoulder), Luke Bard: (hip ), Justin Upton: (lumbar), Mike Trout: (calf), Dexter Fowler: (knee), Anthony Rendon: (hip), Franklin Barreto: (right elbow).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Writing and data from Sports Radar.
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