Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds
Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Saturday as the Royals of Kansas City swing away against the Cardinals of St. Louis.
It's a pitching duel between Joe Kelly for the Cardinals (0-0 on the year) and Bruce Chen for Kansas City (5-6 so far).
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, St. Louis sat as -138 favorites. The total was set at 9.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 9-rated Royals taking on the National League's No. 3-rated Cardinals in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis' No. 2 ranked National League offense (4.9 runs per game) against a Royals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the American League at 4.2 runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have been averaging 9.5 hits per game, more than the Royals have managed so far this season (8.9 hits on average).
Kansas City brings the American League's No. 7-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cardinals' league No. 6-ranked defense.
Kansas City won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Cardinals on June 15. Bettors who backed the Royals at +158 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Kansas City rolled to a 3-2 win against St. Louis on Friday, as Vincent Mazzaro and the Royals' bats led the team to victory at Busch Stadium.
Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a win are 6-4
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5
A few Royals at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games
Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kansas City's last 10 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 10 games when playing at home against Kansas City
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kansas City
Kansas City at St. Louis, Sunday, June 17