LA Angels vs St. Louis by Sors

The Los Angeles Angels have lost their last three games, averaging 1.67 runs with a .217 batting average during that stretch.


On the other hand, the Angels have scored four or more runs in nine of their previous eleven games and I think that they might show better efficiency in offense tonight, given the fact that St. Louis will send Mike Leake (0-3 with a 6.03 ERA) to the mound for the series opener.


The right-hander has obvious problems in his first season as a Cardinal, allowing four or more earned runs in four of his previous six starts in 2016, including 4 runs on 4 hits over five innings in Wednesday’s 5-4 win against Philadelphia.


Leake posted a 6.75 ERA in his previous two road contests this year and is 0-5 with a 4.91 ERA in his last seven, dating back to his time with Cincinnati.


It will be his first start against the Angels, though he already has faced some of their hitters before: Leake has held Geovany Soto to 1 hit in 12 at-bats in their matchups, but Albert Pujols is hitting .750 (3-for-4) with two walks against him, Daniel Nava is 2-for-3 with an RBI, Andrelton Simmons is 7-for-16, with two doubles and a solo home run, while Cliff Pennington is 1-for-1 with a walk.


Los Angeles counters with Hector Santiago (2-1 with a 3.58 ERA), who had certain problems in his last two starts, as the left-hander gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 2-4 loss in Arlington on April 29 and 8 hits and 3 runs with a season-high four walks through 5 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s 7-3 win at Milwaukee.


Brandon Moss is hitless in 3 at-bats off Santiago, but Brayan Pena is 2-for-5, with a double and a walk.Jhonny Peralta is hitting .182 (2-for-11) against him, but with a two-run home run and two walks in the matchup.


The St. Louis Cardinals have scored four or more runs in five of their last seven games (4-3) and have .259 BA, with 32 runs and 9 HR over that span.


I expect more than seven runs in the opening game of this series.


Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
over 7.50 Pinnacle 1.85 8 1-8 WON (+6.8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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