The Los Angeles Angels look to avoid being swept for the first time in a month when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday Night Baseball. The Angels (38-40), 19-22 on the road, were last swept in a three-game series May 20-23 against the Minnesota Twins. The Cardinals (40-36), who are 12-8 in June, last swept a three-game series May 31-June 2 against the Chicago Cubs. Sunday’s game is scheduled to start at 7:08 p.m. ET from Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals enter Sunday night’s showdown favored at -136 on the money line (risk $136 to win $100), while the over-under for total runs scored is set at 9 in the latest Angels vs. Cardinals odds. You’ll want to see the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model before laying any Angels vs. Cardinals picks down.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, entered Week 13 of the MLB season on a strong 40-22 run on top-rated MLB money line picks, returning almost $700 in profit to $100 bettors. It’s an eye-popping 15-7 on top-rated money line picks over the last two weeks, and anybody who has been following it is way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Angels vs. Cardinals. We can tell you it’s leaning under 9 runs, and it also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.
The model is well aware that St. Louis has won five in a row against Los Angeles and five of the last six games against the Angels at home. The Cardinals lead the all-time series 11-6, including a 7-4 advantage at Busch Stadium. The Angels have not beaten St. Louis since a 6-5 win on July 4, 2013, at Los Angeles. The red hot Cardinals have won three of four and five of seven. Statistically, they have an edge in pitching over the Angels, including ERA (4.15 to 5.03), walks allowed (259 to 276), opponents’ batting average (.241 to .248), WHIP (1.28 to 1.36) and strikeouts-to-walk ratio (2.49 to 2.47).
Offensively, left fielder Marcell Ozuna (.260) continues to tear up Angels pitching, going 4-for-7 (.571) with three runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs in the series. Right fielder Jose Martinez (.292) has been red hot, going 6-for-14 ( .429) with two walks and an RBI over the past four games.
But just because St. Louis has been red hot does not mean it is the best value on the Angels vs. Cardinals money line on Sunday Night Baseball.
That’s because the Angels have first baseman Albert Pujols (.233), who has always hit well at Busch Stadium. Pujols is 2-for-6 (.333) in the series with a home run, RBI and run scored. St. Louis fans have cheered him all weekend, which has seemed to spur on the 39-year-old veteran and former Cardinal.
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (6-6, 4.61 ERA) takes the mound for Los Angeles. Skaggs has fared well in interleague play, posting a 3.72 ERA in 29 career innings. Plus, the Angels have the edge in most offensive categories, including batting average (.259 to .244), on-base percentage (.337 to .323), slugging percentage (.441 to .403), runs scored (395 to 351), hits (689 to 619), doubles (131 to 113), triples (7 to 5), home runs (113 to 94), total bases (1,161 to 1,015) and RBIs (375 to 328).
So who wins Angels vs. Cardinals? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Angels vs. Cardinals money line you should be all over, all from the advanced model that has crushed its MLB picks, and find out.