Cardinals vs. Angels Offer Best Moneyline Value Across The Odds Board

Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:25 PM GMT

The Cardinals have started their road trip through Los Angeles with two wins over the Angels, and they're favored on the MLB odds to complete the sweep Thursday.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Chicago Cubs suddenly look human after dropping back-to-back contests for the first time this season, Wednesday's doubleheader loss coming to the lowly San Diego Padres, of all teams. The St. Louis Cardinals, meanwhile, appear intent to climb out of their early-season doldrums during a West Coast swing as they take aim at finishing a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

St. Louis broke out the big bats in Tuesday's opener, cracking four homers in the 8-1 win that just slipped past the total on the MLB odds. The Cards made it two in a row Wednesday as -140 road chalk, riding the left arm of Jaime Garcia and a big second inning to a 5-2 triumph.

These clubs are concluding just their fifth meeting ever, all in the regular season, and it's only the second get-together in Anaheim with the first coming 14 years ago. The all-time series was tied 6-6 before St. Louis picked grabbed the dubyas the past two nights.

Wagering & Starting Pitching Particulars
Game time at the Big A in Anaheim is 10:05 PM (ET), the Cardinals adjusting their rotation a bit for the series finale and sending Adam Wainwright to the bump while Jered Weaver looks to stave off the St. Louis brooms for the sinking Angels. Wainwright's struggles this season have been well documented, so it says a lot about how poorly LA is playing right now when the Cardinals are -130 chalk at BetOnline. Scoreboard bettors are faced with 8½ for the total, the 'over' generally favored.

Carlos Martinez was originally expected to make this start for the Redbirds before manager Mike Matheny decided to give his your righthander a little extra rest after exiting his last assignment early due to fatigue and shortness of breath. Wainwright will be working on his usual four days rest, his last start coming this past Saturday in the middle game of a weekend set vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's yet to have a real shutdown performance, but the fact remains St. Louis has won each of his last three starts.

Starring as the MLB version of Jekyll & Hyde so far is Jered Weaver. The lanky one has three starts in which he's worked a total of 19 allowing just one earned run each time out, and three with 15 earnies charged to his ledger in 15.1 innings. The ol' Long Beach State star is coming off one of his better assignments last Saturday vs. the Rays, going six and allowing two runs (1earned), only for his offense and defense to fail him in a 4-2 Tampa Bay win. Weaver has appeared each of the last three times the Cards and Angels have played, quality starts in two of 'em with the Angels 1-2.

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
The first time Gerry Davis called balls and strikes in the big leagues, Andre Dawson was the hitting star for the Montreal Expos and Bill Buckner his counterpart for the Chicago Cubs. That was 1982, and Davis has now worked the plate in more than 1,100 MLB contests, 23 of those games in the postseason. The St. Louis native has begun 2016 with five of his first six duties behind the dish staying 'under' the baseball odds, and his three games wearing the mask in Anaheim a year ago also failed to reach the totals.

Everything looks fine on the weather front with clear skies, a 70º reading on the thermometer and light SW breeze (out to left) at game time. I wish I could say the same for my free MLB pick column, but I've suffered five straight defeats which means I'm ripe for fading presently. My play this time will be on the underdog Angels.

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Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels +128
Best Line Offered: at Intertops
Season: 20-19 (+2.10)