Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 8/7/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City (+150) St. Louis (-200)
Brad Keller and the Kansas City Royals (47-60, 4th in AL Central) go to Busch Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the St. Louis Cardinals (53-55, 3rd in NL Central). The Cardinals open this contest at -200 while the Royals are coming in at +150. The O/U has been set at 8. The pitchers taking the mound are Brad Keller and Kwang Hyun Kim.
As a unit, the Kansas City Royals are recording 4.1 runs per game, which has them at 25th in the league. They have notched a total of 441 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .302. The Royals have recorded 153 doubles as a team and have smacked 113 balls out of the stadium. They have tallied 418 RBI's and 854 hits on the campaign, while their batting average comes in at .241. Kansas City is slugging .392 and have been rung up 866 times, while drawing a walk on 284 occasions.
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Royals pitchers have conceded 132 home runs in addition to 530 runs (22nd in MLB). They have walked 408 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.49 as a unit so far this season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.24 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.41. The Royals have a team ERA of 4.91 this season (26th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 914 hitters.
Royals bullpen pitchers have entered the game with players on base 95 times and also have had 88 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have notched 55 holds on the campaign (14th in baseball). The Royals relievers have recorded a save rate of 60.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 95 save situations. They have compiled 24 saves so far this season and have blown 16 out of their 40 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 152 base runners this year and 28.9% of those players crossed home plate. The Royals have sent 360 relief pitchers to the mound for the season.
The Kansas City Royals have a total of 2,778 putouts so far this season, in addition to 922 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which has them sitting 15th in professional baseball, and have 732 double plays. The Royals have transformed 68.1% of baseballs in play into outs out of 8,334 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 27th in the majors.
Keller has taken the mound for 472 frames and has earned 349 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. Keller (28-33 career record) has earned a FIP of 4.10 while he has faced 2,022 batters in the majors. His ERA is 4.00 (210 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.379. He has given up 462 hits (8.8 hits per nine innings) with 189 free passes.
The St. Louis Cardinals have a team OBP of .305 in addition to a team batting average of .234 on the year. They have struck out on 880 occasions (26th in MLB) and have notched a total of 831 base knocks. St. Louis has 117 home runs this season to go along with 411 runs batted in. The Cardinals have a team slugging percentage of .386 and they have an average of 3.99 runs per game (26th in baseball). They have put up 166 two-baggers, while getting a free base 317 times as well as scoring 431 runs.
The Cardinals hold a team WHIP of 1.361 in addition to having a FIP of 4.47 as a unit this season. They are sitting at 11th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 825. The St. Louis pitching staff have given up 480 runs on the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.27 (447 earned runs surrendered). Their K/BB ratio sits at 1.81 (827 strikeouts against 456 walks). They have relinquished 99 homers and they relinquish 4.59 runs per 9 innings (14th in MLB).
Sitting with 98 save situations, the Cardinals have 55 holds and also 12 blown saves. St. Louis has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 41 save chances and they have walked away with 29 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 104 times in high leverage situations and on 122 occasions with base runners. St. Louis relievers have an inherited score rate of 38.0% out of their 208 inherited runners. They sit at 2nd in the league with a save percentage of 70.7%, and they have dispatched 374 relievers onto the diamond on the year.
The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 85 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (13th in professional baseball). The Cardinals have 979 assists, 60 errors and have earned a total of 2,824 putouts during this campaign. In 8,472 innings played, the Cardinals are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 71.1% (5th in the majors).
Kim (9-6 record in his career) holds a 2.79 earned run average while giving up 7.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.22 and he has gone up against 518 hitters in his MLB career. He has allowed 39 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.151 and having a FIP of 4.1. In his career, Kim has conceded 104 base knocks while he has earned 91 punch outs in 126 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+150)
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