We have an absolutely loaded AL West series to tune into this weekend. Starting on Friday night, the Houston Astros will meet the Los Angeles Angels for the first game of their four-game series, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Astros head into the series holding 2nd place in the AL West with a 21-15 record, just two games behind the Athletics for first place. The Angels are in 5th place in the West, already an insurmountable 11 games behind the A’s.
The series is set to kick off with Dylan Bundy and Lance McCullers Jr. on the mound. Both come in on a roll. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 ET on Friday, and you’ll want to tune in.
No team has underplayed their talent in the last couple of years more than the Angels. Their roster has two of the greatest right-handed hitters of all time, yet their record still finds them in last place. Even new Manager Joe Maddon can’t seem to stop the losing, but then again, he didn’t put together the pitching staff.
The man who did, Billy Eppler, should have the hottest GM seat in baseball. Luckily for Eppler, he has his best pitching addition on the mound on Friday. Dylan Bundy leads the team in ERA, wins, strikeouts, and most other pitching categories. Let’s see what Bundy can do against an Astros group that no longer knows what’s coming.
Close to the Top
The Astros find themselves close to the top once again in this COVID shortened season. They’re keeping pace with the Athletics but can’t afford to lose many games. After a tumultuous off-season, the Astros couldn’t afford to underplay this year. Too much is at stake.
Lance McCullers has been terrible on the road this season. That being said, he’s been lights out in his last four starts. The Astros are 5-2 this season in all of his starts, which to me, is much more telling than a pitcher’s individual wins. McCullers vs. Bundy is set to be a great matchup.
Picking in the West
The AL West has sort of been a betting oddity this season. It took a while for the Astros hitters to get the offense going. If you wonder why, just ask any baseball fan that isn’t from Houston. I’ll let the masses answer that for you.
That being said, it seems every time they’re counted out, a new Astros hitter gets it together. There may not be two more talented rosters in all of the AL, especially on paper. Tonight though, Dylan Bundy is too much for Houston to handle.
The Angels not only cover the 1.5 run cushion, but they win outright. Take the Angles money line. Good luck.
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