Tom Stryker’s Free Baseball Play May 2nd


#926 ST. LOUIS with Matz (-134) over LA Angels with Sandoval at 7:45 PM EST
After posting a 2-8 record in their 10-game road trip, the Redbirds will return home and do a number on the visiting Angels. The Halos enter this contest off a nice upset road win over the Brew Crew and they are in prime position to fall.

On the bump for the Cardinals will be left-hander Steven Matz. In his last three starts against the Pirates, Mariners, and Giants, No. 32 was tripped for eight earned runs and 13 hits in 15.0 innings. Steven struck out 16 and walked 10 on his way to an 0-1 record with a 4.80 ERA. Last year, Matz appeared in 15 games for the Cards (10 starts) and was touched for 28 earned runs and 50 hits in 48.0 frames. After the math, that equates to a 5-3 tally with a 5.25 ERA.

Southpaw Patrick Sandoval will counter for the visitors. Facing the Red Sox, Yankees, and A’s in his last three outings, No. 43 was zapped for seven earned runs and 13 hits in 14.2 innings. Patrick fanned 16 and issued nine free passes en route to a 1-1 record with a 4.30 ERA. In 2022, Sandoval made 27 starts for the Angels and was popped for 48 earned runs and 139 hits in 148.2 frames. That adds up to a 6-9 mark with a 2.91 ERA.

Plenty of power team trends line up on this investment. St. Louis has won 23 of its last 32 at home when facing a left-handed starter, seven of its last 10 against American League foes, and five of its last seven when playing at home in this series. On the other side of the park, Los Angeles has dropped 21 of its last 28 coming off a day of rest, eight of its last 11 when facing a southpaw, and five of its last seven in the first game of a series.

Located in the cellar in the NL Central division, the Cardinals need to start making up move up the standings beginning now. Take St. Louis with Matz. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


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