Los Angeles Angels at St. Louis Cardinals
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Cardinals / Los Angeles Angels -- O/U:
The Los Angeles Angels and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in game two of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to bounce back after dropping the opener of the set on Friday by a final score of 5-1. Justin Upton went 2 for 4 with a double and the Angels’ lone RBI in the win while Mike Trout also had two hits. Albert Pujols, Brian Goodwin, Luis Rengifo and Jonathan Lucroy each had base hits as well in the defeat. Griffin Canning gave up two runs on four hits while walking and whiffing three apiece over 5.1 innings of work. Felix Pena will start game two and is 5-1 with a 4.70 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Pena’s first career start against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to build off of their series opening victory from Friday. Marcell Ozuna went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs while Jose Martinez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Kolten Wong added an RBI of his own to finish off St. Louis’ scoring as a team in the win. Yadier Molina and starting pitcher Michael Wacha each contributed base hits as well in the victory for the Cards. Wacha got the win to improve to 5-3 on the year after giving up one run on five hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Dakota Hudson will start game two and is 5-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. This will be Hudson’s first career start against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 1-5 in their last 6 interleague road games and 14-38 in their last 52 road games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games against the NL Central. St. Louis is 6-0 in Hudson’s last 6 starts and 7-3 in their last 10 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the AL West. Los Angeles is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis.
The Angels have been a better team offensively than what we saw in the opener, and Pena has been solid in the set up role lately. However, the Angels are still a tough team to figure out, and while they haven’t given us much to work with either, the Cardinals are a solid team at home and have done nothing but win with Hudson on the mound lately, winning each of his last six starts. I just think that the Cardinals are in a solid position to win game two on Saturday with Hudson on the mound, so I’ll back St. Louis for the victory here.