St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals Matchup

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The St. Louis Cardinals will travel a few hours down Interstate 70 to Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium to play the Kansas City Royals. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Kansas City will be airing this interleague matchup.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals Odds

Vegas has listed Kansas City (+150) as the underdog to St. Louis (-160). The total is sitting at 9 runs and bettors can wager on the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds coming in at Cardinals -1.5 runs (-110) and Royals +1.5 runs (-110).

The Cardinals are 60-55 SU and have gone 57-59 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 5.7 units for moneyline gamblers and 4.9 units ATS. The Royals, on the other hand, are 35-79 SU and 52-63 ATS. They’ve lost 29.8 units for moneyline bettors and 20.5 units ATS.

Kansas City games have an over/under record of 48-60-7 in 2018. St. Louis has an over/under record of 53-58-5.

St. Louis’ pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.51 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.06 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.32, along with a K-per-9 of 8.32.

The Cardinals offense has slashed .249/.323/.404 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this year, including 4.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna and third baseman Matt Carpenter continue to lead St. Louis’ offense. Ozuna is slashing .272/.317/.394 with 13 home runs, 60 RBIs and 45 runs scored. Carpenter has a .281 average with 31 homers, 63 RBIs and 77 runs scored.

For the home team, Kansas City’s pitching staff has given up 5.4 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 5.27, a WHIP of 1.47 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.4. The bullpen has a 5.32 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 7.1 K/9.

Kansas City’s offense is putting up 3.7 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .243/.301/.331 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Second baseman Whit Merrifield and third baseman Mike Moustakas have led the Royals’ hitters this year. Merrifield is hitting .300/.367/.425 with seven home runs, 37 RBIs, 54 runs and 25 stolen bases, while Moustakas has put up a line of .249/.309/.468 with 20 homers, 62 RBIs and 46 runs.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in four of St. Louis’ last seven games.
  • The Cardinals have won four of their last five games SU.
  • St. Louis has posted 23.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 23.0 over its last five.
  • The Cardinals have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.