St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 9/22/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (-140) Royals (+130)
Alex Gordon and the Kansas City Royals (21-32, 5th in AL Central) host the St. Louis Cardinals (26-24, 2nd in NL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. The Cardinals open this contest at -140 while the Royals are coming in at +130. The O/U is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Austin Gomber and Brady Singer.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/21/2020 Dexter Fowler RF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
9/20/2020 John Gant RP Groin Probable for Sep 21
9/20/2020 Dakota Hudson SP Forearm Out for the season
9/14/2020 Austin Dean LF Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/11/2020 Giovanny Gallegos RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/4/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/31/2020 Ricardo Sanchez RP Elbow Out for the season
8/11/2020 Miles Mikolas SP Forearm Out for the season
6/28/2020 John Brebbia RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
9/21/2020 Glenn Sparkman RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/16/2020 Matt Harvey SP Lat Out for the season
9/15/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/15/2020 Jorge Soler DH Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/2/2020 Ian Kennedy RP Calf Out for the season
8/16/2020 Daniel Tillo RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2020 Foster Griffin RP Elbow Out for the season
8/10/2020 Franchy Cordero RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 26-24 overall record this season. Gomber (6-3 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.03 while he has gone up against 417 opposing hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.02 (42 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.489. He has surrendered 95 base knocks (9.1 hits per 9 innings) and has had 45 free passes. Gomber has taken the hill for 94 innings and has earned 88 punchouts in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.17 and they have given up 127 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .176 against the bullpen and they've struck out 168 hitters and walked 87 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 317 base hits and 178 earned runs. They have allowed 61 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 179 batters and struck out 393. They have walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 4.69.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .235, good for 21st in the league. The Cardinals hold a .376 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.1 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .309 with an on-base percentage of .429. He has 50 hits this season in 162 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .488 and an OPS+ of 151. Yadier Molina is hitting .256 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .295. He has totaled 31 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 121 at bats. His OPS+ is 79 while his slugging percentage is at .364. The Cardinals have 355 hits, including 63 doubles and 47 home runs. St. Louis has walked 179 times so far this season and they have struck out 402 times as a unit. They have left 311 men on base and have a team OPS of .702. They score 4.26 runs per contest and have scored a total of 213 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 21-32 overall mark this year. In his MLB career, Singer has given up 46 base knocks while he has earned 52 punchouts in 54 frames. He has given up a total of 25 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.183 and a FIP of 4.3. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.89 and he has gone up against 223 opposing batters so far in his MLB career. Singer (3-4 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a 4.16 earned run average and has allowed 7.7 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have given up 202 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 238 batters and walked 100 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.46. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 443 base knocks and 225 earned runs this season. They have given up 73 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 191 hitters and struck out 449 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.74.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 18th in the league. The Royals hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Alex Gordon comes into this matchup batting .221 with an OBP of .307. He has 32 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 145 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .331 with an OPS+ of 75. Maikel Franco is hitting .270 this season and he has an OBP of .315. He has collected 54 hits in 200 at bats while driving in 31 runs. He has an OPS+ of 106 and a slugging percentage of .450. The Royals as a unit have 427 base hits, including 85 doubles and 59 homers. Kansas City has walked 152 times this year and they have struck out on 471 occasions. They have had 350 men left on base and have an OPS of .702. They have scored 4.06 runs per game and totaled 215 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals (+130)
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