Matt Shoemaker (5-7, ERA 4.55) vs. Scott Kazmir (6-5, 2.24 ERA)
Matt Shoemaker: Shoemaker has had poor results against the Astros in his career, having faced them four times (two starts). Though he has a single win, his ERA is an awful 8.76 and the Astros are the fourth highest scoring team in the Majors this season. His ERA is slightly inflated due to a very poor performance this season against the Astros, giving up 6 earned runs over 3 innings pitched, but his only successful appearance against Houston in his four games has come at home.
Scott Kazmir: The Astros made a big move to acquire Kazmir from the Athletics and he was impressive in his debut allowing only 3 hits and a walk over 7 scoreless innings. Even though Kazmir just joined the Astros, he has spent his entire career in the American League (even though he was drafted by the Mets in 2003). Kazmir has been roughed up by the Angels in his career with an ERA of 6.42 and a record of 3-5 over 8 starts. Still Kazmir is having himself a CY Young quality season in 2015 (minus the record) and should help have an excellent, albeit brief stint with the Astros.
The Final Game of an Important Series
The Astros and Angels have been battling all season long for AL West supremacy. As the season is about to enter the dog days of August, the AL West has become a two team race and a tight one at that. The two teams have been challenging each other for the division lead over the past month, and whoever the second place team is has a nice grasp on the top Wild Card spot in the AL.
The AL MVP Race
While both teams can potentially make the playoffs (one as a Wild Card), the teams finish could help dictate this seasons MVP award. Outfielder Mike Trout of the Angels and second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros are currently both MVP candidates and the where their team finishes could be a determining factor when it comes time to vote. Even though todays baseball game utilizes many advanced statistics, where the team finishes should always be considered.
Category : Betting Picks
We're into the business end of the NFL season now as the NFC reaches its semi-finals stage as four teams remain in the division. We are giving you free betting picks for the NFL Playoffs 2022.
After a dominant Wildcard weekend win over Dallas, the San Francisco 49ers take a trip to face off against the Green Bay Packers for the right to feature in the NFC Championship game.
There the winner will take on the winner of the other semi-final, between the defending champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams after they both survived the Wildcard weekend too.
We'll take a look at the best betting picks for these two games and see if we can earn you some extra cash this weekend.
The UFC is back for 2022 and the first numbered card of the year is headlined by the top two heavyweights in the world as undisputed champion Francis Ngannou takes on interim champion Ciryl Gane.
Live from the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California on January 20th, the two most feared men in the organization will go head-to-head in a five-round war to crown the undisputed best heavyweight in the world right now.
We'll take a look at the betting odds for the bout and see what picks we can find to earn you some bonus cash for the new year.
The United States Men's National Team returns to World Cup qualifying duty at the end of the month for a triple-header of games in which they hope to secure their path to Qatar for November.
The States currently sit in second place in the qualifying table, with 15 points from eight games so far and a point behind their rivals Canada in the top spot.
They'll take on El Salvador, Canada, and Honduras in their three games, where nine points will surely boost their chances of being at the World Cup finals.
We'll take a look at the best betting tips for the three games and see if we can earn you some extra cash in the process.
The first Grand Slam tournament of 2022 is upon us and without the world's number one Novak Djokovic, it's a wide-open field for the men's game.
It's also the first Grand Slam for Naomi Osaka since her troubles last year, and with no Serena Williams either all the women will feel they have a chance to secure the first major of the season.
We'll take a look at the best bets for the Australian Open tournament that ends next weekend and see if we can earn you some extra cash from the tournament.