Angels vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 5/2/23

St. Louis Cardinals (10-18) vs Los Angeles Angels (15-14)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 7:45 pm (Busch Stadium)

Steven Matz (0-3) (6.23) vs Patrick Sandoval (2-1) (3.16)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -167 / Los Angeles Angels +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game series this week from Busch Stadium.

Angels Betting Preview 

Los Angeles moved to 15-14 after dropping two of three to Milwaukee. The Angels thankfully avoided a sweep, and they improved towards the end of the first month of action.. The LAA offense is scoring 5.63 runs per game, while batting .252, with a .331 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.87 ERA, with a 1.27 WHIP. Mike Trout went off for two homers and five RBI in the game two loss to the Brewers, and he leads LAA in batting (.309). Shohei Ohtani is right behind him at .294 after producing their lone win over the Brew Crew. Hunter Renfroe only went 1/12 in Milwaukee, but he still leads the team in RBI (20).  

Pablo Sandoval (2-1, 3.16 ERA, 20 Ks) will make the road start for Los Angeles. The fifth-year pitcher responded to a tough time with the Yankees to go seven full innings against the Athletics last week. Sandoval has only allowed more than two runs in one of four starts, and brought the Halos some stability in the rotation alongside Shohei Ohtani. 

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Cardinals Betting Preview

St. Louis fell to 10-19 after being swept by the LA Dodgers. The Cardinals have now dropped eight of their last ten games, and they’ll look to strike revenge on the Golden State after a rough week in San Francisco and LA. the loss to San Francisco. The St. Louis' offense is scoring 3.46 runs per game, while batting .262, with a .334 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.45 ERA, with a 1.45 WHIP. Paul Goldschmidt has a hit in eight of the last nine games, and he leads the Cards with a .306 batting average. Nolan Gorman leads the team in RBI (22), despite failing to produce one in seven games in California last week. 

Steven Matz (0-3, 6.23 ERA, 24 Ks) will start for St. Louis. The eighth-year left hander has shown little resistance early on this season, and his struggles have hindered the Cards each time out. Matz avoided a fourth losing decision in his final start of April, but pitched his shortest outing thus far, only lasting four innings in the Bay against the Giants. 

Anaheim vs St. Louis Trends

Los Angeles is 12-13 against the spread this season, with a 15-9-1 O/U record. St. Louis is 13-12 ATS this year, with a 10-14-1 over/under record.

Corey's Free Pick

This series should be dubbed the Albert Pujols classic, and while it’s likely the Cardinals find a way to end their struggles versus one of Cali’s more inconsistent teams, but game one could see some runs from both sides. LAA has advantage with Pablo Sandoval on the hill, but with the Cards struggling, a return to Busch is exactly what they need offensively. It’s very unlikely Steven Matz contains the bats of the Halos, so we’ve got a recipe to target the total here on Tuesday. Take the Over for this interleague clash.

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