St. Louis hosts Los Angeles, looks to build on Hudson's solid showing
Los Angeles Angels (38-40, fourth in the AL West) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (40-36, third in the AL Central)
St. Louis; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cardinals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Dakota Hudson. Hudson went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with six strikeouts against Los Angeles.
The Cardinals are 24-15 on their home turf. The St. Louis pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.12. Dakota Hudson leads the team with a 3.36 ERA.
The Angels are 19-22 on the road. Los Angeles's lineup has 113 home runs this season, Mike Trout leads them with 22 homers. The Cardinals won the last meeting 4-2. Hudson earned his sixth victory and Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for St. Louis. Felix Pena took his second loss for Los Angeles.
Trout leads the Angels with 78 hits and is batting .311. Shohei Ohtani is 11-for-34 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 7-3, .227 batting average, 3.06 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
Angels: 5-5, .262 batting average, 4.92 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Angels Injuries: JC Ramirez: 60-day IL (elbow), Keynan Middleton: 60-day IL (elbow), Matt Harvey: 10-day IL (back), Trevor Cahill: 10-day IL (elbow), Andrelton Simmons: 10-day IL (ankle), Zack Cozart: 10-day IL (shoulder), Kevan Smith: 10-day IL (left hand metacarpal strain).