St. Louis (Garcia) -135 at Los Angeles (Shoemaker) O/U 7.5
Recommendation: St. Louis
The LA Angels are in a world of hurt right now, just a game out of last place after losing four straight and eight of their last ten. Other than Mike Trout, LA’s lineup doesn’t have a single hitter that scares opposing hurlers. Albert Pujols batting average is down to .183 with only 3 RBI’s in May. Andrelton Simmons just went on the DL with a bad thumb that needs surgery. LA has plated only six runs during this 0-4 skid at home.
LA’s pitching staff is problematic as well. Four Angels starters are already on the DL, forcing them to recall Matt Shoemaker from Triple-A. Shoemaker was lit up for six runs or more three times in five April starts he went 1-6 on this mound in ten starts last year. Behind Shoemaker, the Angels bullpen is completely spent already – only once in their last ten games has LA’s starter lasted through the sixth inning.
St Louis has pounded out 19 runs in their last three games, coming off a four homer blowout win on this field last night. The Cardinals are tied with Boston for #2 in MLB in runs scored this year – unlike LA, this lineup can hit. Starter Jamie Garcia is coming off a seven inning, two hit gem against the Phillies, demonstrating his ‘ace’ level stuff. And the Cardinals strong bullpen behind him is rested and ready off Mike Leake’s dominant eight inning effort last night. Chalk worth laying.