St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals Prediction, 8/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021
Location: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
TV: Bally Sports Kansas City
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-120) Kansas City (+100)
Kauffman Stadium is the venue where Kris Bubic and the Kansas City Royals (49-65, 5th in AL Central) will take on the St. Louis Cardinals (59-56, 3rd in NL Central) on Sunday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Cardinals priced at -120 and the Royals are at +100. The O/U is set at 10. The pitchers taking the mound are J.A. Happ and Kris Bubic.
The Cardinals have accrued 180 doubles as a team and have hit 128 balls out of the stadium. St. Louis is slugging .393 and have been rung up 940 times, while drawing a walk on 347 occasions. As a team, the St. Louis Cardinals are earning 4.1 runs per game, which is 27th in the league. They have tallied 446 RBI's and 896 hits for the year, and their average at the plate comes in at .237. They have earned 466 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .309.
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The Cardinals have an ERA of 4.14 so far this season (14th in the league), and their staff has struck out 883 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 468 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.38 as a squad for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.89 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.33. Cardinals pitchers have yielded 103 long balls and 497 total runs (14th in the league).
The Cardinals have sent 395 relievers to the hill for the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 212 runners so far this season and 37.7% of them earned a run for their team. They have compiled 33 saves for the season and have blown 12 of their 45 save chances. The Cardinals relief pitchers have accumulated a save percentage of 73.3% and has stepped onto the mound in 112 save situations. The relievers have a total of 65 holds so far this season (7th in baseball). Cardinals pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 125 times as well as having 105 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cardinals have transformed 71.4% of balls in play into outs out of their 8,958 innings, which has them ranked 4th in pro baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have earned a total of 2,986 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,035 assists and 63 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .985 which is 13th in professional baseball, and have 802 double plays.
Happ has pitched in 1,850 frames and is sitting with 1,625 K's thus far in his career. His ERA is 4.12 (847 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.313. He has surrendered 1,776 base hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) with 654 walks. Happ (129-98 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 4.28 and he has faced 7,863 opposing hitters in the major leagues.
The Royals hold a slugging % of .386 and they are recording 4.10 runs per outing (25th in the league). They have recorded 161 doubles, while getting a free base 300 times as well as putting up 467 runs. Kansas City has recorded 115 HRs for the season as well as 441 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 918 occasions (28th in MLB) and have accounted for 907 base hits. The Kansas City Royals have earned a team on-base percentage of .300 as well as a batting average of .240 for the year.
The Royals have a team WHIP of 1.424 with a FIP of 4.52 as a squad for the year. They come in at 21st in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 968. The Kansas City pitching staff have allowed 567 runs on the campaign while having a team ERA of 4.90 (539 earned runs relinquished). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.22 (977 strikeouts against 440 walks). They have allowed 141 homers and they surrender 5.16 runs per 9 innings (26th in MLB).
Kansas City has had relievers take the mound in 42 save chances and they have tallied 25 saves. They are currently ranked 17th in the league with a save percentage of 59.5%, and they have dispatched 390 relievers onto the field so far this year. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 97 times in high leverage situations and on 106 occasions with runners on. Kansas City relievers hold an inherited score rate of 28.8% out of their 170 inherited base runners. With 99 save situations, the Royals have 57 holds in addition to 17 blown saves.
The Kansas City Royals have turned 112 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (18th in the majors). The Royals have recorded 982 assists, 63 errors and have accounted for 2,940 putouts so far this year. In 8,820 innings on the field, the Royals are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 67.9% (27th in baseball).
Bubic (4-11 career win-loss record) has earned a 4.39 earned run average and has conceded 8.8 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.86 and he has faced 588 opposing batters so far in his career. He has given up a total of 66 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.456 and a FIP of 5.4. So far in his MLB career, Bubic has allowed 132 base knocks while he has totaled 121 punch outs in 135 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas City (+100)
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