Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview delves into an American League West showdown in the MLB between defending World Series champs the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels. 

MLB Tips – Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels

12:07 (AEST) @ Angel Stadium, Anaheim

History: Played 104: Astros 56 V Angels 48.

Last meeting: April 25, 2018: Astros 5 d Angels 2 at Minute Maid Stadium.

The two best-performing teams in the American League West for the first of three games at Angel Stadium, with the 24-16 Los Angeles Angels hosting the 26-16 Houston Astros, who won last year’s MLB World Series.

The Angels got off to a flyer this season, winning 13 of their first 16 games. A poor finish to April brought them back to the field but they are 8-4 in May.

The Angels split recent series against the Rockies away and the Twins at home. They have post four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games, with Andrelton Simmons (48 hits, 23 RBI) their star hitter this season as well as producing his usual heroics in the field.

After struggling against the Yankees and Diamondbacks at the start of the month, the Astros have won five of their last six games. They swept the Athletics in three games and are coming off back-to-back 6-1 scorelines over the Rangers.

The Astros’ offence is firing – chalking up 36 runs in their last six outings – while pitcher Lance McCullers Jr has let in just six runs in his last 25 innings on the mound.

The Astros have won 26 of the last 40 games between the clubs over the past two years, and six of their last nine games at Angel Stadium.

Los Angeles won two of their three games during last month’s trip to Houston, but the Astros won the last encounter 5-2.

Both teams bring a bit of momentum into this opener, but the authority the defending champion Astros have shown over the past week puts them in a strong position against an Angels side searching for consistency.

We’re keen to take on the line in this one after the Astros’ consecutive five-run victories in recent days.

Tip: Margin – Astros -1.5 @ $2.23