St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals 8/8/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Wacha vs. Jason Vargas
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Michael Wacha for the Cardinals and Jason Vargas for the Royals.
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The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -103 and Kansas City at -107. The Cardinals have a 53-51-7 over/under record and a 51-60-0 run line mark. The Royals are 58-52-0 against the run line and have a 49-56-5 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 53-51-7 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 51-60-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 49-56-5 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 58-52-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
08/06/17 P Kevin Siegrist Forearm 10-day DL (08/06)
07/25/17 CF Dexter Fowler Forearm 10-day DL (07/25)
04/10/17 P Alex Reyes Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
08/06/17 C Salvador Perez Side 10-day DL (08/05)
06/26/17 P Nathan Karns Forearm 60-day DL (05/21)
06/02/17 RF Paulo Orlando Shin 60-day DL (06/01)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 55-56 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Michael Wacha has a 8-4 record with an earned run average of 3.66 and a WHIP of 1.30. He has 110 strikeouts over his 110.2 innings pitched and he's given up 108 hits. He allows 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.48. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 334 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen and they've struck out 351 hitters and walked 120 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 934 base hits and 419 earned runs. They have allowed 123 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 335 batters and struck out 927. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 4.02.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .256, good for 13th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Jedd Gyorko is hitting .273 with an on-base percentage of .338. He has 94 hits this season in 344 at bats with 52 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .459 and an OPS+ of 107. Matt Carpenter is hitting .247 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .380. He has totaled 89 hits and he has driven in 50 men in 361 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .443. The Cardinals have 960 hits, including 198 doubles and 127 home runs. St. Louis has walked 391 times so far this season and they have struck out 923 times as a unit. They have left 760 men on base and have a team OPS of .748. They score 4.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 496 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 57-53 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.10, Jason Vargas has a 13-5 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 92 strikeouts over the 125 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 120 hits. He allows 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 352 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 337 batters and walked 155 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 978 base knocks and 456 earned runs this season. They have given up 118 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 343 hitters and struck out 831 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.15.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 16th in the league. The Royals hold a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .316 with an OBP of .372. He has 134 hits this year along with 60 RBI in 424 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .493 with an OPS+ of 126. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .283 this season and he has an OBP of .349. He has collected 114 hits in 403 at bats while driving in 35 runs. He has an OPS+ of 106 and a slugging percentage of .434. The Royals as a unit have 954 base hits, including 175 doubles and 137 homers. Kansas City has walked 264 times this year and they have struck out on 820 occasions. They have had 681 men left on base and have an OPS of .724. They have scored 4.37 runs per game and totaled 481 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals -103
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