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Kansas City RoyalsSt. Louis Cardinals
June 17, 2:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

28-35TEAM RECORD34-32

Inter-league play resumes on Sunday as the Cardinals take on the Royals at Busch Stadium in a key battle on the odds menu.

Luis Mendoza gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Royals on this day; he's 1-2 on the season. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will counter with Adam Wainwright, who will be looking to improve on his 5-7 mark.

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Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Cardinals as -185 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 3 (Cardinals) and the No. 9 (Royals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis' National League No. 2-ranked scoring average of 4.9 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 13 and scoring 3.9 runs per game in the league. The Cardinals have averaged 9.6 hits per game to date this season, more than the Royals hitters have managed (9 per nine innings).

Defensively, Kansas City features the American League's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.8 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the National League at home, scoring 5.2 runs per game.

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 10-7 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -133 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kansas City suffered a 10-7 loss against St. Louis on Saturday, as Bruce Chen wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

A few Royals at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
Kansas City is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 8 games at home
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Houston, Monday, June 18
St. Louis at Detroit, Tuesday, June 19

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