Los Angeles Angels vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

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The St. Louis Cardinals will play host to the Los Angeles Angels at Busch Stadium. This interleague matchup is going to be televised across the country on ESPN and the opening pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

St. Louis (-130) is hosting this one as the favorite against Los Angeles (+120) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 9 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total currently stand at -115 for the under and -105 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at Angels +1.5 runs (-175) and Cardinals -1.5 runs (+155).

The Angels are 38-40 SU and are 42-35 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.4 units for moneyline bettors, despite having gained 7.7 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 40-36 SU and 39-36 ATS. The team’s lost 6.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 2.0 units ATS. St. Louis has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven outings and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

St. Louis games have had an over/under record of 33-37-5 so far in 2019. Los Angeles has an over/under record of 35-35-7.

Tyler Skaggs will get the nod for Los Angeles. The left-handed Skaggs is 6-6 with a 4.61 ERA and 70 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cardinals this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Cardinals are turning to righty Miles Mikolas (5-7, 4.48 ERA), who has 61 punchouts and 15 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.21. Mikolas did not re a start against the Angels in 2018.

St. Louis’ pitchers have yielded 4.4 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The team’s starters have an ERA of 4.22, a WHIP of 1.36 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.7. The bullpen has a 3.97 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 10.1 K/9.

The St. Louis hitters are putting up 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.7 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .213/.301/.310 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Paul DeJong and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have led the Cardinals’ batters this year. DeJong is hitting .269/.359/.481 with 13 home runs, 35 RBIs, 52 runs and six stolen bases, and Goldschmidt is hitting .260 with 14 homers, 31 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starters own a 5.45 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.21 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.57, along with a WHIP of 1.32.

The Angels offense has slashed .258/.339/.440 on its way to 5.1 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Los Angeles’ offensive production has been led by Mike Trout and Tommy La Stella, who collectively have blasted 37 home runs. Trout is slashing .307/.468/.649 with 22 home runs, 56 RBIs, 61 runs and eight steals, while La Stella (.295/.349/.500) has produced 15 homers, 41 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

The Angels have gained 6.9 units and are 29-19 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 24 of those games, compared to 19 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 2.3 units and are 6-8 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in seven of those games, compared to six that’ve cashed the under.

Angels at Cardinals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in just two of Los Angeles’ last seven games.
  • The Angels have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 14 over their last 10.
  • The Angels have an OPS of .779 this season and an OPS of .780 against right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS stands at .725 overall and .732 versus righties.
  • Los Angeles has posted 23.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.6 over its last five.