Upcoming Match-ups

Houston Astros vs LA Angels Prediction, Odds & Player Props for Saturday Night Baseball (June 8)

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in MLB Baseball

Updated Jun 8, 2024 · 6:37 PM PDT

Jun 2, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Hunter Brown (58) is greeted by catcher Victor Caratini (17) after a strikeout during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Astros (28-35) visit the Angels (24-39) in game two of a three-game set at Angel Stadium tonight
  • Hunter Brown (1-5, 6.18 ERA) starts for Houston against the Angels’ Tyler Anderson (5-5, 2.37 ERA)
  • Read on for betting picks and predictions as the AL West rivals clash in Anaheim

The Houston Astros (-165) visit Angel Stadium of Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels (+140) on Saturday, June 8, 2024. First pitch is scheduled for 10:07pm EDT in Anaheim, CA and the game will be televised on SCHN, BSW, and MLBN.

The Astros are -1.5 (+100) on the run line, while the Angels are +1.5 (-120). The over/under for total runs scored in the game is set at 8.5, with the over at -105 odds and the under at -115.

Let’s dive into our Astros vs Angels prediction as we analyze the Saturday night MLB odds and best props to bet.

Houston Astros vs LA Angels Prediction

The Astros dominated the Angels in the series opener on Friday night, winning 7-1. Houston will look to keep the momentum going and secure the series win on Saturday.

Houston sends Hunter Brown to the mound, who is 1-5 with a 6.18 ERA on the season. While his overall numbers are poor, Brown has pitched better of late, delivering three straight quality starts. In his last outing against the Angels on May 22, he allowed just two runs over six innings in a hard-luck 2-1 loss.

The Angels counter with lefty Tyler Anderson, who sports a stellar 2.37 ERA. However, advanced metrics suggest he’s been quite fortunate, as his xERA is 4.49 and his xFIP is 5.07. Anderson has benefited from an unsustainable 88.7% strand rate and .212 BABIP. He’s struck out just 13% of batters over his last four starts.

The Astros have hit lefties well this season, posting a 110 wRC+. Even without injured star Kyle Tucker, their lineup is dangerous. Catcher Yainer Diaz has homered in four straight games.

Meanwhile, the Angels offense has been abysmal lately, ranking dead last in MLB with a 77 wRC+ against right-handed pitching over the past 30 days. They have the lowest hard-hit rate (26.7%) in that span.

With Brown pitching better and getting an easier matchup than his stats would suggest, and Anderson due for regression, the Astros have the edge on the mound. Couple that with a significant advantage on offense, and Houston looks poised to win again.

  • Prediction: Astros -1.5 (-105)

Astros vs Angels Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
HOU Astros -1.5 (+100) -165 Over 8.5 (-115)
LA Angels +1.5 (-120) +140 Under 8.5 (-105)

The Astros are substantial -165 moneyline favorites in this game, implying a 62.3% probability they will win. The Angels are +140 underdogs, with an implied 41.7% chance of victory.

Houston is favored for a few key reasons. They are simply the better team, even with a disappointing 28-35 record thus far. The Astros have made the playoffs in six straight seasons, winning three pennants and a World Series in that span. The Angels are just 24-39.

The Astros also have the more trustworthy starting pitcher going by underlying metrics, and a much better offense in the split against left-handed pitching.

After crushing the Angels 7-1 in the series opener, it’s no surprise to see Houston favored again on Saturday. They have all the momentum right now in this AL West clash and are much shorter in the World Series odds.

The over/under for total runs scored in the game is set at 8.5, with the over at -115 odds and the under at -105. This suggests a relatively high-scoring game is expected between these two AL West rivals.

 

DRAFTKINGS
SPORTSBOOK


Bet $5 & Get $150 in Bonus Bets Instantly!

LOCK IN PROMO
SIGNUP PROMO
BET $5
GET $150

GET PROMO

MLB odds as of June 8, 2024. Check out available MLB betting apps for Saturday Night Baseball. 

Houston vs LA Player Props

Here are a few MLB player props to target for this matchup:

Yainer Diaz (HOU) to Hit a Home Run (+450)

Diaz has homered in four straight games and gets to face a regression-prone lefty in Anderson. He’s great value at this long-shot price.

Alex Bregman (HOU) Over 1.5 Total Bases (-110)

Bregman has been heating up and has a 1.049 OPS against lefties this season. We like his chances of at least a double here.

Astros vs Angels Injury Report

The Astros are without star outfielder Kyle Tucker, who is on the 10-day IL with a shin contusion. Tucker is tied for second in MLB with 19 home runs. His absence takes a big bat out of the Houston lineup.

Utility man Aledmys Diaz is also day-to-day for the Astros with a hand injury.

For the Angels, second baseman Brandon Drury remains out with a shoulder issue. Drury has 11 home runs on the season.

Outfielder Mickey Moniak is day-to-day for the Halos with an illness.

 

Author Image