St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals MLB Picks & Predictions 8/13/2019
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Jack Flaherty vs. Glenn Sparkman
Kauffman Stadium is the venue where Whit Merrifield and the Kansas City Royals (42-76, 4th in AL Central) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (60-55, 3rd in NL Central) on Tuesday.
The Cardinals have been pretty good for baseball bettors, having gone 60-55-0 SU. Kansas City covers 35.6% of the time, going 42-76-0 straight up.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals have been a rough Over bet for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 46-62-7.
St. Louis covers 45.6% of the time as the visitor, having gone 26-31-0 straight up.
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Royals are covering 38.6% of the time at Kauffman Stadium, going 22-35-0 SU.
The Royals have been a hot and cold Under bet for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 59-53-6.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
8/11/2019 Tyler O'Neill LF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
8/9/2019 Yadier Molina C Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
7/23/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/11/2019 Jordan Hicks RP Elbow Out for the season
6/26/2019 Tony Cingrani RP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/8/2019 Jesse Hahn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/8/2019 Cam Gallagher C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
8/6/2019 Danny Duffy SP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/3/2019 Adalberto Mondesi SS Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/3/2019 Trevor Oaks SP Hip Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
3/11/2019 Salvador Perez C Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 60-55 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jack Flaherty has a 5-6 record with an earned run average of 3.72 and a WHIP of 1.13 this season. He has 150 strikeouts over his 128.1 innings pitched and he's given up 104 hits. He's allowed 7.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.03. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.79 and they have given up 310 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 443 hitters and walked 164 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 4.05. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 929 base hits and 458 earned runs. They have allowed 143 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 392 batters and struck out 995. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 4.39.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .243, good for 25th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Paul DeJong is hitting .252 with an on-base percentage of .328. He has 107 hits this season in 425 at bats with 53 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .454 and an OPS+ of 106. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .256 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .335. He has totaled 110 hits and he has driven in 59 men in 430 at bats. His OPS+ is 109 while his slugging percentage is at .460. The Cardinals have 936 hits, including 175 doubles and 142 home runs. St. Louis has walked 364 times so far this season and they have struck out 993 times as a unit. They have left 767 men on base and have a team OPS of .719. They score 4.41 runs per contest and have scored a total of 507 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 42-76 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.71, Glenn Sparkman has a 3-7 record and a 1.48 WHIP. He has 56 strikeouts over the 93 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 111 hits. He's allowing 10.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.94. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.72 and they have given up 420 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .265 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 380 batters and walked 188 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.03. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,110 base knocks and 585 earned runs this season. They have given up 159 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 424 hitters and struck out 921 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.47 while their FIP as a staff is 4.82.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 20th in the league. The Royals hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .305 with an OBP of .360. He has 152 hits this year along with 59 RBI in 498 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .486 with an OPS+ of 122. Alex Gordon is hitting .265 this season and he has an OBP of .340. He has collected 112 hits in 422 at bats while driving in 63 runs. He has an OPS+ of 100 and a slugging percentage of .419. The Royals as a unit have 996 base hits, including 207 doubles and 120 homers. Kansas City has walked 341 times this year and they have struck out on 1,010 occasions. They have had 772 men left on base and have an OPS of .712. They have scored 4.33 runs per game and totaled 515 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals
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