When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.
The headliner in the Tuesday MLB slate this week is the showstopper of a matchup between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels. Both teams are sending their aces to the hill for this game, with Framber Valdez and Shohei Ohtani taking the mound for their respective clubs. As a result, this game has a big game feel, even if it is a matchup between two teams looking up at the Texas Rangers in the standings.
The Houston Astros enter Tuesday night in fourth place in the AL West, sitting at 17-18 for the season. They have lost three games in a row, dropping the final two games of their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners before dropping their series opener to the Angels last night. Now, they turn to Framber Valdez in hopes of turning their losing streak around and getting back to the .500 mark.
For Valdez, the biggest question of late is going to be whether or not he will get the run support that he needs to win games. His numbers in terms of ERA are very similar to those of Ohtani, but Valdez has seen his team score two or fewer runs in three of the last four games he has started. Valdez has not been perfect by any means this season, but his team does need to help him out if he is going to have success.
So far this season, Houston ranks 15th in MLB in runs scored, with the absence of Jose Altuve being noticeable in their lineup. Yordan Alvarez has been productive when it comes to driving in runs, ranking third in the league with 32 RBI. But when one player is driving in more than 20% of a team’s runs, that speaks to a lack of depth that could be a problem against a pitcher as dynamic as Ohtani.
The Los Angeles Angels are in second place in the AL West entering Tuesday night, just two games back of the Texas Rangers. The Angels took the opening game of this series by a score of 6-4, with the Angels scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 4-4 deadlock and win the game. Now, the Angels send their ace to the mound looking for a second straight win over the team that has dominated their division in recent seasons.
Shohei Ohtani ranks second in the AL Cy Young odds coming into his start on Tuesday night. He leads the American League in strikeouts going into this contest, as he has put 59 batters down on strikes for the year. Against a lineup like Houston’s that could break out at any moment, the ability of Ohtani to miss bats and avoid hard contact could be the difference in this marquee matchup.
Offensively, the Angels have been much more than just Mike Trout and Ohtani this year, as they rank fifth in the league in runs scored. Hunter Renfroe has been a revelation for the Halos, as he leads the team with nine home runs and 24 RBI. He and Gio Urshela have created a sense of balance in the Angels lineup that has not existed in a long time, and the Angels will aim to put that to use to get Valdez out of this game as early as they can.
Free play options
Special contests for newbies
Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets
21+ | Terms and conditions apply
Wide range of betting options
Top notch customer service
Promo Code 'SPORTS'
$500 Bonus Bet
21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500
Max Heering graduated from the University of Kansas Sport Management program in May 2020. Max follows and writes about the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, college football, and college basketball. In his free time, you can catch Max draining threes on the basketball court. Email: [email protected]More info on Max Heering
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2024 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.
WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.