A Battle of Disappointed Fanbases.

May 2, 2023

Anaheim Angels vs. St. Louis Cardinals May 2, 2023

The Los Angeles Angels will meet the St. Louis Cardinals today at Busch Stadium in what promises to be a clash of two underperforming teams with multiple superstars. The two teams last met in 2019, where the Cardinals bested the Angels 2-1 in a three-game series. Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval will go head to head against the Cardinals’ Steven Matz in the opener.

The Angels avoided a sweep in Milwaukee, coming out with a 1-2 series loss. The Cardinals are coming off a 1-5 record, being swept by the Dodgers and losing two out of three to the Rockies. Both teams have been disappointing this year; however, the Angels are faring better with a 15-14 record vs. the Cardinals’ 10-19.

The Angels have been relying on their offense, led by the dynamic duo of Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. Ohtani has been a two-way sensation, hitting 17 home runs and posting a 1.85 ERA in four starts. Trout has been his usual MVP-caliber self, batting .308 with 7 homers and 18 RBIs.

The Cardinals have been struggling to score runs, ranking 28th in the majors in runs per game. Their lineup features some big names like Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Yadier Molina, but they have not been producing consistently. The Cardinals have also been plagued by injuries, losing Adam Wainwright, and Dakota Hudson to the IL.

Nootbaar, who made his MLB debut in 2021 and won the 2023 WBC championship with the Japan Samuari to face his fellow Japan WBC teammate Ohtani today. The two became friends and the faces of Japanese baseball during the WBC. Nootbaar said he was looking forward to seeing Ohtani again and exchanging jerseys after the game.

The Angels and the Cardinals are both hoping to turn their seasons around and live up to their expectations. They have some of the best players in the game, but they have not been able to translate that into wins. Will one of them find their groove today? Or will they continue to disappoint their fans? Tune in to find out.