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2018 MLB Season
(14-31) Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (24-19)
Date: Monday May 21, 2018
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO.
Projected Starters: Kennedy vs. Mikolas
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals -195 | Royals +182
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8½
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Kansas City Royals
Kansas City hosts New York for one more game on Sunday, a rubber match, before it welcomes in its in-state rivals.
This rivalry had been fun for the last few seasons, when the Royals were contenders for the first time in a long time. Some of that punch will be gone this season, as the Royals are only fighting to stay out of the cellar in a dismal AL Central.
Ian Kennedy has managed to either be a coveted prospect or a well-respected (and well-paid) mid-level starter for his entire career. He had one great season in 2011 but the reality is that was more of an outlier than anything else.
For the last five full seasons, Kennedy has had an ERA+ below average in four. He’s bound to make it five of six this season. He has an ERA+ of 87 with a WHIP that would be his worst since he was a rookie and threw just 40 innings.
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis will play a rubber match with Philadelphia on Sunday and will begin this series with Kansas City on a high note after beating a fellow playoff hopeful in the NL or on a low note after dropping two of three at home.
Paul DeJong hit the 10-Day Disabled List on Friday after fracturing his hand on a hit by pitch on Thursday. It’s still unclear how long he’ll be out but it sounds like it could be a lot longer than 10 days. He’s going to get surgery and have a plate inserted into that hand this week.
So the Cardinals are injury-riddled but have managed to play well because of little-known players stepping up and playing well in the unforeseen opportunity. We’ve heard this story before.
Miles Mikolas expected to play a key role this season; the Cardinals gave him $15 million to play for them over the next two seasons. But to a lot of MLB fans, he’s a new name.
Mikolas broke into the bigs at a young age but underwhelmed in his time with the Padres and Rangers. He spent four years in Japan and caught enough attention for what he did there to have more than just the Cardinals interested in his services.
So far, he’s been a great sign. He’s 5–0 with stellar ERA and WHIP numbers. Now nearly 30 years old, he’s improved his art of pitching and is walking less than a batter per nine innings.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in KC last 8 Mon. games.
- KC are 4-11 in their last 15 interleague games.
- Over is 8-3 in KC last 11 road games.
- Over is 7-2-1 in STL last 10 Mon. games.
- STL are 7-3 in their last 10 Mon. games.
- Under is 11-5-2 in STL last 18 overall.
Free Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction: Mikolas wins again.
Mikolas won’t beat himself and that’s exactly the right approach against an offense as weak as Kansas City’s. The Cardinals will only lose this game if Kennedy is at his best.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cardinals -1.5
MLB Free Score Prediction: Kansas City 3 – St. Louis 5
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