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LA Angels vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction 5-14-24 Picks

St. Louis Cardinals (16-24) vs. LA Angels (15-26)
May 14, 2024 9:38 pm EDT
The Line: LA Angels +128 / St. Louis Cardinals -152; Over/Under: +7.5
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Angels meet Tuesday in MLB action from Angel Stadium. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a LA Angels vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Sonny Gray will get the start for the Cardinals here and is 4-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his last five starts against the Angels, Gray is 0-3 with a 4.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Reid Detmers will get the start for the Angels here and is 3-4 with a 4.96 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. This will be Detmers’ first career start against the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals Recap

The St. Louis Cardinals come into this one looking to build on their 10-5 win over the Angels to start the series, building on their win over the Brewers to close out the last weekend’s series despite series losses to Milwaukee, the Mets and the White Sox over the last two weeks.

Cardinals Inconsistent At The Dish But Showing Potential

Nolan Arenado leads the Cardinals with 41 hits along with 9 doubles and a team-high 21 RBIs while Brendan Donovan has 19 RBIs with 8 doubles. Willson Contreras has a team-high 6 home runs along with 12 RBIs in addition to 11 doubles while Masyn Winn has a .283 batting average and 6 stolen bases. Paul Goldschmidt also has a team-high 54 strikeouts as well this season.

Los Angeles Angels Recap

The Los Angeles Angels come into this one looking to bounce back from their series opening loss that followed up their series loss to the Royals this past weekend.

Angels Still Having Issues Across The Board

Taylor Ward leads the Angels with 42 hits along with 7 home runs and a team-high 24 RBIs. Mike Trout has a team-high 10 home runs along with a pair of triples and 6 stolen bases, but remains out indefinitely with injury while Zach Neto has a team-high 43 strikeouts and 6 stolen bases. Luis Rengifo also has a team-high 9 stolen bases while Jo Adell has 7 home runs, 18 RBIs and 7 stolen bases as well.

Why the St. Louis Cardinals will win

  • The Angels have lost seven of their last eight night games against NL Central opponents.
  • The Cardinals have won seven of their last eight night games against American League opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Angels have failed to cover the run line in seven of their last eight night games against NL Central opponents.
  • The road team has covered the run line in each of the last five games between the Cardinals and Angels.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Los Angeles Angels rank 27th in the league for ERA this season (4.73).
  • The Los Angeles Angels rank 26th in the league for walks this season (113).
  • The St. Louis Cardinals rank 29th in the league for runs scored this season (136).
  • The St. Louis Cardinals rank T29th in the league for home runs this season (29).

LA Angels vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction

I’m going to side with the Cardinals here. Do I love the way the Cardinals have been playing as of late? Not really, but the problem with the Angels is that their inconsistencies at the plate make it really hard to back this team with any sort of confidence. The Cardinals have had inconsistencies of their own, but the offense really came alive in the series opener and Sonny Gray has been a lot more reliable than the starter that we saw in his last start. I’ll side with St. Louis in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: St. Louis -152

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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