The Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals are set to face each other on Sunday night in what should be an exciting game. Currently, St. Louis is the favorite at -1.5 according to most sportsbooks.
The Cardinals are 27-21 as the favorite and 20-18 ATS home. The Angels have accrued a 19-21 record on the road while doing slightly better against the spread with a 42-35 mark. As the underdog, they have not fared too well, going 12-18 on the year.
In their last 10 games head-to-head, St. Louis has the edge in runs with 6.50. They also have accumulated more hits, averaging 10.10 per contest. Los Angeles, however, has the edge in strikeouts with 7.30, and they have done a nice job of keeping St. Louis hitters at bay in certain situations.
Skaggs looks to stay hot
Tyler Skaggs had a great outing his last time on the mound. He pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and an earned run while striking out 10. Throwing 87 pitches, he was very efficient on the evening. The win improved his record to 6-6 and dropped his ERA to 4.61.
Skaggs has not had too much experience against this St. Louis lineup. However, he will have to watch out for three hitters, in particular. Matt Carpenter has faced him three times and has one triple.
Catcher Yadier Molina has also faced him three times and has recorded a hit and a run batted in. Both Carpenter and Molina have a .333 batting average. Dexter Fowler has also had success against Skaggs. In six at-bats, he has three hits and a run batted in. That equates to a .500 batting average.
Unfortunately for Skaggs, it is the most experienced part of the St. Louis lineup that has had success against him. I’m sure he has already made mental notes in regards to these hitters and has formulated a way to get each of them out. It is a lot easier said than done, and it will be interesting to see his strategy.
Mikolas tries to silence the Halos
Miles Mikolas pitched well against the Miami Marlins in his last time on the mound. In six innings of work, he gave up six hits and struck out four on 99 pitches. The solid outing improved his record to 5-7 on the year and lowered his ERA to 4.48.
Mikolas has had success against this lineup. However, there is always a pesky batter to make life difficult for a pitcher. For Mikolas, that batter is Justin Bour. In six at-bats, he has three hits and two runs batted in. That equals a .500 batting average.
This is a matchup that favors Mikolas, and I’ll be intrigued to see how he pitches to them. Will he try to rack up the strikeouts, or will he pitch to contact?
Make sure to take St. Louis in this one. I expect the experienced part of the lineup that I talked about above to have a nice night.