June 27, 2016 at 2:10 PM #82408
Free MLB Pick: Cardinals vs Royals Odds
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(39-35) St. Louis Cardinals vs. (39-35) Kansas City Royals
Date: Monday Juen 27, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Projected Pitchers: Adam Wainwright vs. Danny Duffy
MLB Moneyline Odds: Kansas City -115, St. Louis +106
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Royals -1.5, +165
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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It is rare at this point in the season to get a game where both teams have the exact same record, even more so in a rivalry spot. Both teams are in second place but with vastly different perspective. For St. Louis it looks like they would need a miracle to catch Chicago while the Royals just want to get healthy so they can make their run at Cleveland.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cards have been making up some ground on the Cubs of late but did not have a great weekend. They lost the first two at Seattle but won yesterday before hitting the road. The offense came alive with 11 runs and in typical STL fashion there was an unsung hero in the form of Thomas Pham, who hit 2 homers. The Cardinals are second in runs this season. A fact I find quite surprising.
Also surprising is the fact that Adam Wainwright has been the worst starter on the staff. I suppose it might not be fair to evaluate too harshly given last year but he has just been so consistently good. This season he has been fighting it more. He is certainly not terrible just not up to the standard of the brand. St. Louis has had bullpen issues all season long and recently demoted closer Trevor Rosenthal.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals had a similar weekend to STL, losing the first two games before beating Houston in the finale. The weekend saw the return of key cog Alex Gordon, who hit a homer in his first game back on Saturday. Even though he was struggling before getting hurt this team needs all of the offense it can get. It is second in average but just 23rd in runs. KC does not slug it the way some other clubs do.
Danny Duffy frustrated again in his last start against the Mets. The lefty needed 103 pitches to get through 4.2 innings. He only gave up 3ER in the loss but he really has to start trusting his stuff a little more. Too many at bats go long and end in walks and strikeouts. He has yet to pitch more than 6 innings in a game and is killing the pen as a result. The lead MLB in bullpen ERA but are also 7th in IP. It is something to watch to see if they wear down.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- STL are 1-7 in their last 8 interleague games.
- STL are 9-2 in their last 11 road games.
- STL are 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win.
- KC are 11-3 in their last 14 games following a win.
- Over is 12-4-1 in KC last 17 home games.
- Under is 6-2 in KC last 8 interleague home games.
Free St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Prediction:
Adam Wainwright has always been a big winner and even though he has not been as sharp this season the Cards are 10-5 in his starts, the best on the team. He is definitely the kind of guy who will get up for a matchup like this.
I love Duffy’s stuff but he is way too frustrating to back with regularity. This is not a spot I see him excelling in. Sure he is at home but STL has a good lineup and they are likely to wait him out. That is a proven strategy.
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Given that Wainwright has not been his usual self you are getting some great value in this one with he and the Cards as the underdog. This is one of my plays of the day.
MLB Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 6 – Kansas City 3
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