The Sunday night clash between the Houston Astros and the LA Angels is just around the corner (starts at just after 4 PM PT in Anaheim). The AL West divisional rivals are set to compete in the vibrant LA area in a game that’s starting soon (Houston vs Los Angeles, July 16th, 2023).

Both teams have somewhat average starting pitchers to take to the mound. Representing the Astros is Cristian Javier, while the Angels have chosen Tyler Anderson. With a starting time for the game quickly approaching, we’ll get right to the main point. We’re recommending the OVER in this game for total runs with the reasoning below.

Houston vs Los Angeles: starting pitching

Firstly, here’s the starting pitching edge for moneyliners. If you’re looking to place a bet, it’s advisable to go against Anderson of LA Angeles. His performance hasn’t been stellar, with a rather disappointing ERA of 5.25 this season. In fact, LA pulled Anderson in his last outing in the fourth inning. Anderson’s WHIP, standing at 1.52, is notably high for a starting pitcher. You could say his ERA is right on the upper cusp of what Major League managers will accept without relegation to the bullpen or minor leagues. Additionally, his strikeout rate leaves much to be desired. Remember, strikeouts are crucial in thwarting the opposing offense and preventing those annoying sacrifice hits that often play big in tight games.

Javier’s WHIP stands at 1.22, surpassing Anderson’s performance from the same perspective. The former just doesn’t allow as many baserunners. Despite Javier’s ERA being mediocre at 4.34, it still outshines Anderson’s. Javier boasts a surprisingly impressive record of 7-1 this season. His ability to strike out batters at a decent rate is part of the reason he is doing well this season. With an impressive tally of 82 strikeouts in just 91.1 innings, Javier often stalls the baserunning game for opposing teams. For those seeking an advantage in terms of starting pitching, the Astros present a promising choice with a moneyline of -140.

Take the OVER for the Sunday night game

If you’re looking for a solid bet in this game, consider taking the OVER for total runs. The line is set at 9.0, with the OVER slightly favored at -115. Neither of the starting pitchers can be considered top-tier aces. Javier, while more reliable, struggled with a 5.79 ERA in June and had a rough outing in July, giving up eight earned runs in just 4.1 innings pitched against Texas.

Given the limitations of both starters, it’s highly likely that we’ll see a high-scoring game — at least out of the gates. Double-digit runs are certainly within reach. Our recommendation for the July 16th, 2023 MLB game between the Astros and Angels is to bet on the OVER of 9.0 runs.

Odds are subject to change. Prescheduled article. Odds were retrieved late early Sunday.