Los Angeles Angels vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 5/2/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Los Angeles Angels vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+145) St. Louis (-170)
The St. Louis Cardinals (10-19) are hosting the Los Angeles Angels (15-14) at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. The moneyline on this game has the Angels at +145 while the Cardinals are sitting at -170. The betting total is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are Patrick Sandoval and Steven Matz.
As a squad, the Los Angeles Angels are putting up 5.1 runs per contest, which ranks them 8th in MLB. They have earned 148 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .331. The Angels have hit 42 doubles as a team and have knocked 39 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accounted for 146 RBI's and 246 base knocks on the year, while their team batting average comes in at .252. Los Angeles owns a slugging percentage of .419 and have struck out 245 times, while taking a walk on 100 occasions.
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They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.34 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.27. Angels pitchers have allowed 28 home runs and 130 total runs (16th in the league). Los Angeles has surrendered 217 base hits (7.7 per 9 innings) and 110 earned runs. The Angels hold a team ERA of 3.87 on the season (11th in the league), and they have struck out 250 batters. They have walked 107 batters and their FIP sits at 4.40 as a team so far this year.
The Angels have sent 87 relief pitchers to the hill on the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 46 runners over the course of the season with 45.7% of them crossed home plate. They have recorded 11 saves for the year and have missed out on 7 of their 18 save opportunities. The Angels relievers have compiled a save rate of 61.1% and has come into the game in 47 save situations. The relievers have 29 holds for the year (2nd in baseball). Angels pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 29 times and also have had 34 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Angels have turned 70.8% of balls hit into play into outs in their 2,301 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 7th in the majors. The Los Angeles Angels have a tally of 767 putouts this year, in addition to 238 assists and 17 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .983 which puts them in 22nd in pro baseball, and have a total of 22 double plays.
Sandoval (12-25 career record) has a FIP of 3.91 and he has faced 1,442 batters during his time in the majors. He has conceded 301 base knocks (8.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 139 free passes. His ERA is 3.66 (137 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.304. Sandoval has taken the ball for 337 innings and has earned 340 K's during his MLB career.
The Cardinals have a team slugging % of .415 and they have an average of 4.24 runs per outing (20th in baseball). They have hit 52 doubles, while getting a free base 102 times and scoring 123 runs. St. Louis has recorded 32 home runs this season as well as 119 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 234 occasions (20th in the league) and have earned a total of 260 base hits. The St. Louis Cardinals have accounted for a team OBP of .334 in addition to a team batting average of .262 this year.
The Cardinals hold a team WHIP of 1.455 in addition to having a FIP of 4.35 as a staff so far this season. They sit at 26th in baseball as a staff in total hits conceded with 262. The St. Louis pitching staff have conceded 136 runs on the season while having a team ERA of 4.46 (125 earned runs surrendered). Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 9.40 (264 strikeouts against 105 free passes). They have conceded 33 dingers and they concede 4.85 runs per 9 innings (20th in baseball).
St. Louis has had relievers enter the game in 9 save chances and they have earned 4 saves. They rank 27th in baseball with a save percentage of 44.4%, and they have sent 91 relievers to the mound on the season. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 27 times in high leverage situations in addition to 39 occasions with base runners. St. Louis relievers have an inherited score rate of 31.1% of 61 inherited runners. With 19 save situations, the Cardinals have accrued 10 holds in addition to 5 blown saves.
The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten 28 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .987 (16th in the majors). The Cardinals have recorded 273 assists, 14 errors and have earned a total of 758 putouts so far this season. In their 2,274 innings on the diamond, the Cardinals have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 65.8% (27th in professional baseball).
Matz (50-54 career record) is the owner of a 4.36 earned run average and has allowed 9.2 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.16 and he has gone up against 3,453 opposing batters thus far in his career. He has surrendered 390 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.332 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.3. So far in his pro baseball career, Matz has allowed 825 base knocks while he has earned 777 K's in 804 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+145)
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