St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals 8/12/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, August 12, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Luke Weaver vs. Jakob Junis
The St. Louis Cardinals visit Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, August 12, 2018 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Luke Weaver for the Cardinals and Jakob Junis for the Royals.
The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at -170 and Kansas City at +160. The Cardinals have a 52-58-6 over/under record and a 53-63-0 run line mark. The Royals are 48-67-0 against the run line and have a 48-61-6 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 52-58-6 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 53-63-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 48-61-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 48-67-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
08/07/18 LF Tyler O'Neill Groin 10-day DL (08/04)
08/04/18 CF Dexter Fowler Foot 10-day DL (08/04)
07/31/18 P Luke Gregerson Shoulder 10-day DL (07/26)
07/28/18 P Brett Cecil Foot 10-day DL (07/23)
06/30/18 P Alex Reyes Side 60-day DL (06/30)
06/20/18 P Matt Bowman Blister 10-day DL (06/20)
06/20/18 P Michael Wacha Oblique 10-day DL (06/20)
05/15/18 P Adam Wainwright Elbow 60-day DL (05/14)
05/07/18 P Dominic Leone Arm 60-day DL (05/06)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
08/01/18 RF Brian Goodwin Groin 10-day DL (07/29)
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
07/11/18 P Ian Kennedy Oblique 10-day DL (07/11)
07/06/18 P Blaine Boyer Back 60-day DL (05/29)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 10-day DL (06/16)
05/27/18 P Eric Skoglund Arm 60-day DL (05/26)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 61-55 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Luke Weaver has a 6-10 record with an earned run average of 4.66 and a WHIP of 1.40 this season. He has 111 strikeouts over his 121.2 innings pitched and he's given up 127 hits. He's allowed 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.15. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.28 and they have given up 392 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the bullpen and they've struck out 368 hitters and walked 168 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 955 base hits and 439 earned runs. They have allowed 102 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 401 batters and struck out 943. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 3.93.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .249, good for 14th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Matt Carpenter is hitting .280 with an on-base percentage of .391. He has 113 hits this season in 403 at bats with 65 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .600 and an OPS+ of 183. Marcell Ozuna is hitting .269 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 118 hits and he has driven in 60 men in 439 at bats. His OPS+ is 103 while his slugging percentage is at .390. The Cardinals have 986 hits, including 173 doubles and 145 home runs. St. Louis has walked 384 times so far this season and they have struck out 973 times as a unit. They have left 804 men on base and have a team OPS of .727. They score 4.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 519 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 35-80 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.98, Jakob Junis has a 6-11 record and a 1.36 WHIP. He has 114 strikeouts over the 121 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 127 hits. He's allowing 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.23. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.27 and they have given up 416 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .274 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 306 batters and walked 176 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.3. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,109 base knocks and 598 earned runs this season. They have given up 154 home runs this year, which ranks 4th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 412 hitters and struck out 823 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.50 while their FIP as a staff is 4.83.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 24th in the league. The Royals hold a .372 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .301, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .297 with an OBP of .365. He has 130 hits this year along with 37 RBI in 437 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .421 with an OPS+ of 115. Salvador Perez is hitting .231 this season and he has an OBP of .272. He has collected 85 hits in 368 at bats while driving in 55 runs. He has an OPS+ of 86 and a slugging percentage of .424. The Royals as a unit have 942 base hits, including 190 doubles and 98 homers. Kansas City has walked 298 times this year and they have struck out on 899 occasions. They have had 776 men left on base and have an OPS of .674. They have scored 3.68 runs per game and totaled 423 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals -170
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