Angels vs. Astros Betting Preview - August 25

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The Angels line was coming in at +172 and Astros -180 for Sunday's game.

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PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Jaime Barria (4-6, 6.35 ERA) vs. Astros LH Framber Valdez (3-6, 5.58)

Barria returned from a brief stint at Triple-A Salt Lake to start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader in Texas, settling for a no-decision after allowing two runs and five hits in five innings of a 3-2 loss. The 23-year-old Panamanian stays in the rotation after Griffin Canning was lost for the season because of elbow inflammation. Barria faced Houston four times as a rookie, going 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA while handling George Springer (1-for-8) and Bregman (2-for-9) but struggling against Jose Altuve (4-for-9).

Valdez has lost four straight major-league starts - the last coming on July 15, when he allowed seven runs - four earned - and four walks in four innings of a 9-6 road loss to the Angels. The 25-year-old Dominican has since been with Triple-A Round Rock, going 4-1 with a 3.82 ERA in five starts before being recalled. Valdez is 2-2 with a 3.15 ERA in four career games (two starts) against Los Angeles.

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