Los Angeles Angels at St. Louis Cardinals
|Date & Time||Sunday June 23, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Cardinals -125 / Los Angeles Angels +105
The Los Angeles Angels and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in the finale of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Busch Stadium in this week’s instalment of Sunday Night Baseball.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 4-2. Justin Upton and Albert Pujols each had a solo home run to make up the Halos’ scoring as a team in the loss while Jonathan Lucroy went 2 for 4 and Tommy La Stella and Mike Trout each had base hits to cap off the Angels’ offense as L.A. had just six hits as a team in the loss. Felix Pena ended up with the loss, falling to 5-2 on the year after allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits while striking out five over four innings of work. Tyler Skaggs will start game three and is 6-6 with a 4.61 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. This will be Skaggs’ second career start against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Saturday. Marcell Ozuna had a home run and two RBIs while Dakota Hudson added an RBI to help his own cause in the win. Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 4 and Matt Carpenter had a double while Yadier Molina added a base knock of his own to finish off the Cardinals’ offense in the win as St. Louis had just five hits as a team in the victory. Hudson got the win on the mound to improve his record to 6-3 on the year after giving up one run on five hits while striking out six over seven innings of work. Tyler Webb closed out the game for his 1st save of the season. Miles Mikolas will start the finale and is 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. This will be Mikolas’ second career start against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 14-38 in their last 52 road games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 in their last 6 interleague road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games. St. Louis is 12-4 in Mikolas’ last 16 home 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.
Skaggs had a solid outing last time up, and Mikolas has definitely lost some lustre from last season, so the plus money could be worth a look. However, Skaggs has an ERA well over five on the road this season, while Mikolas’ ERA at home this season sits at 2.55. The Cardinals have also been the better team in the first two games of the series, while the Angels just look sluggish and appear more than ready for this road trip to finally be over. I’ll side with the Cardinals for the sweep as I’m just not feeling what the Angels are putting forward right now.