Astros vs Angels Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for May 8 (Houston Bats Take Advantage of Pitching Matchup)

Astros vs Angels Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for May 8 (Houston Bats Take Advantage of Pitching Matchup)


The Houston Astros (17-17) try to get back into the win column when they begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels (19-16) on Monday, May 8.

Astros vs Angels Game Info

  • Date: Monday, May 8, 2023
  • Time: 9:38 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Angel Stadium -- Anaheim, California
  • Coverage: ESPN+

Both teams head into Monday's action following losses less than 24 hours ago. The Astros fell 3-1 to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday — the fourth loss in their previous five games — while the Angels were doubled in a 16-8 defeat at the hands of the Texas Rangers.

Astros vs Angels Odds & Spread

  • All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: HOU: (-122) | LAA: (+104)
  • Spread: HOU: -1.5 (+132) | LAA: +1.5 (-160)
  • Total: 9 -- Over: (+100) | Under: (-122)

The Astros enter this contest as road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9:38 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 9 runs with the Under being favored at -122 odds.

Astros vs Angels Betting Trends

  • Houston is 7-3 straight up (SU) in its last 10 road games.
  • The Angels are 5-13 SU in their last 18 home games against Houston.
  • The total has hit the under in 15 of Houston's last 19 games played in May.
  • The total has hit the over in five of Houston's last seven home games.

Astros vs Angels Prediction & Pick

Starting pitcher Hunter Brown gives the Astros a great shot at reversing their fortunes. The talented right-handed hurler has lived up to his preseason hype, going 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA with 36 strikeouts over 34 2/3 innings in six starts thus far. Furthermore, Houston has allowed two or fewer runs in four of Brown's last five starts.

Having said that, Patrick Sandoval has also been solid for the Angels. The 26-year-old southpaw already has half as many wins as he did in 27 starts last season, going 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in six 2023 appearances.

As great as Sandoval has been, though, he struggles going up against Houston. In seven career games (six starts) against the Astros, Sandoval owns an 0-4 record and an 8.03 ERA. With Dusty Baker's club dying for positive results, a matchup with the Los Angeles starter could be the medicine they need.

With the Angels also giving up 26 runs over their last two games, I see the Astros' capitalizing on the struggles while getting the better of Sandoval again.

Final Score Prediction: Astros: 5 | Angels: 3

Astros vs Angels Best Bet

The Astros are probably salivating at the thought of facing Sandoval. After all, they scored an average of 6.7 runs in seven previous matchups against him, going over 4.5 runs five times over that stretch. With Los Angeles giving up an average of 9.3 runs in its last four home games, Houston's bats won't have any issues producing tonight.

Bet: Astros Total Runs — Over 4.5 (-108)

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