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Cardinals Have Been Excelling As Underdogs

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals will continue the I-70 Series when the two face off at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday. After losing the first game of the series, the Cardinals have opened as underdogs for the second leg – a position they have enjoyed being in. The Cards are 7-2 in their past nine games when they close as underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • Kendrys Morales is 20-for-45 with four home runs and 15 RBIs over his past 12 starts.
  • The Cardinals are 4-1 in their past five games against the Royals.
  • The UNDER is 12-5 in the Cardinals' past 17 games against the AL Central.

Yordano Ventura will be making his return to the mound for the Royals after serving an eight-game suspension. The temperamental righty was dealing in the games leading up to his suspension, as he had allowed one earned run while recording 15 strikeouts and one walk across his last two starts.

The Cardinals will send Michael Wacha – who has rebounded nicely after a down month of May – to the bump. Wacha has a solid 3.08 ERA with his opponents batting just .198 across his past four starts. The righty has also excelled in limited experience in the I-70 Series, with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against the Royals.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Kansas City Royals as -115 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.2-3.7 win for the Royals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Royals bring a 40-35 record to the battle against the 39-36 Cardinals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs St. Louis injuries news.

The Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Kansas City is rated No. 23 in the current Odds Shark poll, while St. Louis is at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Kansas City Royals No. 24-ranked scoring average of 4.09 runs per game, against a St. Louis Cardinals offense rated No. 4 and scoring 5.25 runs per game. The Royals have averaged 9.51 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.05 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Kansas City has the No. 8-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the No. 14 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cardinals endured a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Royals on Monday, with A Wainwright throwing 5 innings of 9-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • St. Louis is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
  • St. Louis is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Kansas City is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
  • Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis home to Kansas City, Wednesday, June 29th

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