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June 23, 2019
By Frank Ammirante

ESPN LAA Vs STL Sunday Night Baseball – The Breakdown

LA Angels (38-40)

Away (19-22)
Last 10: 5-5

St. Louis Cardinals (40-36)

Home (24-15)
Last 10: 5-5

Tyler Skaggs (6-6, 4.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) vs. Mike Mikolas (5-7, 4.48 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Series

June 22: LAA 2 STL 4
June 21: LAA 1 STL 5

ESPN LAA Vs STL Sunday Night Baseball – Hot Take

The St. Louis Cardinals go for the series sweep with groundball machine, Mike Mikolas on the mound.  Mikolas has been disappointing this season but is very effective at home, posting a 2.55 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 53 innings. The Angels’ offense is solid, ranking 12th in Runs and 14th in SLG%, but I would still favour Mikolas in this matchup because of how dominant he has been at home.  LA turns to lefty Tyler Skaggs, who has also struggled this season. He’s also been worse on the road, with a 5.27 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 42.2 innings. The positive for Skaggs is that the Cards have really struggled vs. lefties this year, ranking 27th in Runs, 29th in AVG and 17th in SLG%.  Skaggs will have a strong outing in this one.  STL have a significant advantage in the bullpen, ranking 7th in ERA and 12th in strikeouts in MLB, while the Angels are ranked 19th in ERA but 1st in strikeouts.  Since I expect both starters to turn in solid, 6+ inning outings, the hitters will have to get to the opposing relievers to drive in runs.

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10 PT Pick = TOTAL RUNS UNDER 8.5
Both games have gone under this number during this series + Mikolas has been dominant at home + St. Louis has struggled vs. lefties = EASY UNDER

9 PT Pick = LA Angels TOTAL HITS UNDER 8.5
The Angels lineup has really struggled this series, tallying 8 and 6 hits in the first two games. Given Mikolas’ success at home, I expect this to continue tonight.

8 PT Pick = STL Cardinals TOTAL HITS UNDER 8.5
The Cards have struggled against lefties and despite scoring 9 runs in this series, they have not gone over this total in either of the first two games.

VERDICT:

LAA 3 STL 2
I expect the Angels to avoid the sweep in a pitcher’s duel on Sunday Night Baseball.

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