St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals MLB Picks & Predictions 8/14/2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Dakota Hudson vs. Brad Keller
Alex Gordon and the Kansas City Royals (43-76, 4th in AL Central) host the St. Louis Cardinals (61-55, 2nd in NL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
The Cardinals have been hot and cold for Vegas oddsmakers, having gone 61-55-0 SU. Kansas City is covering 36.1% of the time, going 43-76-0 straight up.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals have been a very good Under pick for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 47-62-7.
St. Louis is covering 45.6% of the time as the away team, 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 an inconsistent Under pick for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 60-53-6.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
8/12/2019 Jose Martinez RF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/11/2019 Tyler O'Neill LF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
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 61-55 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Dakota Hudson has a 10-6 record with an earned run average of 4.01 and a WHIP of 1.57 this season. He has 93 strikeouts over his 121.1 innings pitched and he's given up 134 hits. He's allowed 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.33. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 316 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the bullpen and they've struck out 447 hitters and walked 164 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 4.08. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 942 base hits and 466 earned runs. They have allowed 146 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 393 batters and struck out 1,003. They have walked 3.4 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 4.41.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .244, good for 25th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .262 with an on-base percentage of .340. He has 114 hits this season in 435 at bats with 62 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .471 and an OPS+ of 112. Paul DeJong is hitting .249 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .327. He has totaled 107 hits and he has driven in 53 men in 429 at bats. His OPS+ is 103 while his slugging percentage is at .450. The Cardinals have 950 hits, including 175 doubles and 145 home runs. St. Louis has walked 368 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,000 times as a unit. They have left 776 men on base and have a team OPS of .722. They score 4.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 518 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 43-76 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.09, Brad Keller has a 7-12 record and a 1.36 WHIP. He has 112 strikeouts over the 152 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 145 hits. He's allowing 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.43. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.68 and they have given up 421 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .264 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 384 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 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,117 base knocks and 587 earned runs this season. They have given up 160 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 424 hitters and struck out 931 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.81.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 19th in the league. The Royals hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Alex Gordon comes into this matchup batting .265 with an OBP of .339. He has 113 hits this year along with 63 RBI in 427 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .417 with an OPS+ of 99. Whit Merrifield is hitting .306 this season and he has an OBP of .361. He has collected 154 hits in 503 at bats while driving in 62 runs. He has an OPS+ of 123 and a slugging percentage of .491. The Royals as a unit have 1,007 base hits, including 209 doubles and 125 homers. Kansas City has walked 343 times this year and they have struck out on 1,016 occasions. They have had 777 men left on base and have an OPS of .716. They have scored 4.38 runs per game and totaled 525 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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