St Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 6/3/2014
Wednesday, May 4, 7:10 PM on FSMW, FSKC
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
St Louis Cardinals - Wainwright, A (8-3) vs. Kansas City Royals - Vargas, J (5-2)
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Right-hander Adam Wainwright will be going for his ninth win of the season on Wednesday when he and the St. Louis Cardinals face off against Jason Vargas and the Kansas City Royals.
Adam Wainwright took his first loss in nearly a month's time last Friday when he was beaten by the San Francisco Giants. It was by far his worst outing of the season as he gave up seven earned runs and walked one in just 4.1 innings of work. He still has excellent numbers on the year, though, with his 8-3 record and his 2.32 ERA.
Alcides Escobar has faced Wainwright 25 times in his career and has a .261 batting average with an RBI and a strikeout. In 104 combined at-bats against Wainwright, the current Royals have a .327 batting average, but none of them have hit a home run off of him.
Jason Vargas picked up his fifth win of the year when he went six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays and allowed just one run. He gave up seven hits in that game and walked three while striking out seven. Vargas' strikeout numbers are up this season and he has only walked 29 batters in 77 innings.
Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos has just two hits against Vargas in 16 at-bats while striking out seven times. Matt Holliday is 4-for-8 against him with two doubles and three RBI.
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 27-28-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0.1
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
Kansas City Royals are 26-28-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Kansas City Royals is -0.3
Injuries to Watch
St Louis Cardinals
05/30/14 1B Matt Adams Calf 15-day DL (5/29)
05/24/14 P Kevin Siegrist Forearm 15-day DL (5/24)
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
04/17/14 P Joe Kelly Hamstring 15-day DL (4/17)
Kansas City Royals
06/03/14 DH Billy Butler Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
06/01/14 3B Danny Valencia Hand 15-day DL (6/1)
05/02/14 P Bruce Chen Back 15-day DL (4/25)
03/30/14 P Luke Hochevar Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take St. Louis
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