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Preview: Astros (95-56) at Angels (75-76)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: May 16, 2018 9:40 PM EDT
  

Justin Verlander needed to be especially sharp for the Houston Astros to beat the Los Angeles Angels twice in their playoff run last September.

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Both times he was matched against fellow right-hander Garrett Richards, and each time he came through for his new team, shutting out the Angels on one hit deep into both victories to help smother their postseason hopes.

Verlander and Richards are scheduled to go head-to-head again Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

The Astros (27-17) lead the Angels (25-17) by one game for first place in the AL West.

Los Angeles starting pitchers have dominated the series.

Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney allowed one run in eight innings in a 2-1 victory Monday night, and Los Angeles rookie Jaime Barria gave up one run over seven innings Tuesday, but the Astros came from behind against the bullpen and evened the series with a 5-3 victory.

The other bright spot for the Angels has been left fielder Justin Upton, who hit his seventh home run of the month Tuesday night for an early 2-0 lead.

"Right now, when (Upton) gets a pitch to hit, he's putting a good swing on it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters after the game.

A night after Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun had a key assist in the ninth inning of the one-run win, Houston right fielder Josh Reddick threw out a runner at third and home.

"When he's given a chance to throw a guy out, he's usually on the money," Houston manager A.J. Hinch told reporters after the game.

Verlander (4-2, 1.21 ERA) enters this matchup with a hotter hand than Richards, but overdue for some offensive support.

Verlander has made three starts in May and allowed a total of two runs over 20 innings, lowering his league-leading ERA, but he's 0-2 for the month and the Astros dropped his other start as well.

He blanked the New York Yankees for eight innings May 1, but six pitchers combined to shut out the Astros 4-0. He then allowed one earned run over six innings in each of his past two starts, but was supported by a total of one run.

Verlander wasn't as sharp against Los Angeles in a 5-2 win in Houston on April 25, but was still very good, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. He improved to 3-0 against the Angels with a 0.82 ERA since he was traded to Houston on Aug. 31 of last season.

Verlander and Richards were the starting pitchers on Sept. 12 at Angel Stadium. Verlander threw eight shutout innings in the 1-0 win that dropped Los Angeles two games back of the final wild card spot.

They went head-to-head again 10 days later in Houston and Verlander threw seven shutout innings in the 3-0 victory.

Before his trade from the Detroit Tigers, Verlander wasn't nearly as dominant against the Angels, owning a 6-8 record and 3.79 ERA in 17 starts.

Even with the strong start at Angel Stadium in September, Verlander is 3-5 at Angel Stadium with a 5.15 ERA.

Verlander has faced 11 current players for Angels and they're batting a combined .128. Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is among those who have struggled against Verlander, coming in 2-for-23 in his career, but both hits were home runs.

Richards (4-1, 4.08) is 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA in his career against Houston.

The Angels have scored at least four runs in seven of his eight starts.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Astros at Angels
Mon, May 14 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 2
Astros at Angels
Wed, May 16 Final 2 to 0
 Boxscores  •  Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  -115   +135   7.5 
 LAA  +105   -155   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  -117   +135   7.5 
 LAA  +107   -155   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  68%   82%   51% 
 LAA  32%   18%   49% 
Betting Trends by BetOnline.ag
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 15, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU « 5 Cover: +100 
 LAA 3 Push: 8 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 May 14, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 1 Under: 3 
 LAA « 2 Cover: +115 
 Tools:   Boxscores  •  Recaps
 Apr 25, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 2 Under: 7 
 HOU « 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 24, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA « 8 Cover: +130 
 HOU 7 Over: 15 
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 Apr 23, 2018  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA « 2 Cover: +180 
 HOU 0 Under: 2 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Wednesday, May 16
 
  •  Phillies at Orioles
12:05 PM EDT
  •  White Sox at Pirates
12:35 PM EDT
  •  Indians at Tigers
1:10 PM EDT
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7:05 PM EDT
  •  Athletics at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Dodgers at Marlins
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  •  Cubs at Braves
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