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.
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.
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.
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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