St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 8/13/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Friday, August 13, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-141) Kansas City (+110)
Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals (49-64, 5th in AL Central) host the St. Louis Cardinals (57-56, 3rd in NL Central) at Kauffman Stadium on Friday. The odds on this contest have the Cardinals coming in at -141 and the Royals are at +110. The total is set at 7.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Jack Flaherty and Mike Minor.
St. Louis has a slugging % of .389 and have been called out on strikes 921 times, while drawing a walk on 340 occasions. They have compiled 432 RBI's and 876 hits over the course of the season, and their average at the plate is at .236. The Cardinals have compiled 174 doubles as a team and have hit 123 balls out of the stadium. They are sitting with 453 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .308. As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are recording 4.0 runs per game, which is 26th in MLB.
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Cardinals pitchers have given up 100 home runs in addition to 491 total runs (14th in the league). They have walked 465 opposing players and their FIP is 4.39 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.86 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.33. The Cardinals hold a team earned run average of 4.17 on the year (14th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 865 batters.
The Cardinals bullpen have accumulated a save percentage of 72.7% and has entered the game in 106 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 210 base runners for the season and 38.1% of those runners crossed the plate. Cardinals bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 124 times and also have had 105 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have dispatched 386 relievers to the hill so far this year. The relievers have earned 60 holds on the campaign (12th in the league). They have tallied 32 saves so far this year and have blown 12 of their 44 chances to get a save.
The St. Louis Cardinals have 2,959 putouts thus far, in addition to 1,031 assists and 62 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .985 which has them sitting 13th in MLB, and have a total of 796 double plays. The Cardinals have converted 71.4% of baseballs in play into outs out of 8,877 innings, which has them sitting 3rd in MLB.
Flaherty (31-23 career mark) sits with a FIP of 3.76 and he has faced 1,906 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. He has conceded 343 hits (6.6 hits per 9 innings) and has had 160 walks. His ERA is 3.31 (173 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.068. Flaherty has pitched in 471 innings and has accumulated 549 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career.
The Kansas City Royals have recorded an OBP of .301 and a batting average of .241 over the course of the season. They have struck out on 911 instances (28th in baseball) and have accounted for 902 hits. Kansas City has accounted for 115 home runs this season to go along with 441 RBIs. The Royals have a SLG% of .388 and they score 4.13 runs per game (24th in the league). They have 160 doubles, while taking a walk 299 times as well as putting up 467 runs.
The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.423 with a FIP of 4.50 as a squad this year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.22 (968 strikeouts against 437 free passes). They are sitting at 22nd in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 958. They have allowed 138 dingers and they allow 5.15 runs per 9 innings (26th in the league). The Kansas City pitching staff have surrendered 561 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 4.89 (533 earned runs given up).
Sitting with 99 save situations, the Royals have earned 57 holds in addition to 17 blown saves. Kansas City has had bullpen pitchers enter the contest in 42 save chances and they have earned 25 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 97 times in high leverage situations in addition to 106 occasions with base runners. Kansas City relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 28.8% of 170 inherited runners. They rank 17th in the league holding a save rate of 59.5%, and they have sent 387 relief pitchers onto the field over the course of the season.
In their 8,820 innings on the field, the Royals hold a defensive efficiency of 67.9% (27th in baseball). The Kansas City Royals have twisted 112 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (18th in professional baseball). The Royals have recorded 982 assists, 63 errors and have accounted for 2,940 putouts over the course of the season.
Minor (79-76 career mark) is the owner of a 4.13 ERA and has given up 8.4 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.14 and he has faced 5,330 hitters during his career. He has allowed 588 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.228 and having a FIP of 4.0. During his MLB career, Minor has allowed 1,201 base knocks and he has 1,176 K's in 1,282 frames.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. Louis (-141)
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