MLB Picks: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJuly 4, 2013

MLB Picks: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Angels

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    Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is hitless in his first seven career at-bats against the St. Louis Cardinals, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks on Thursday as the two teams close out a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Angels are plus-125 home underdogs in the pro baseball odds, while the betting total sits at eight in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this interleague matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    The St. Louis Cardinals have not won back-to-back games since June 19-20, which is worth bearing in mind after they picked up a 12-2 blowout victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

    Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is 8-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 10 road starts—serving up just two home runs in 72 combined innings. 

Los Angeles Angels

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    The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of their last 10 games, with the offense averaging 5.4 runs over that span.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Angels are 1-7 as home underdogs of plus-125 to plus-150, with the UNDER going 6-2 in that situation. 


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the St. Louis Cardinals in the first five innings as one of their MLB picks on Thursday, as they've gone 13-3 in Adam Wainwright's last 16 starts as a road favorite of minus-110 to minus-150.

    MLB Pick:  St. Louis Cardinals minus-135 First Five Innings


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