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Kansas City RoyalsSt. Louis Cardinals
June 17, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

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

It's a pitching duel between Chris Carpenter for the Cardinals (1-6 on the year) and Felipe Paulino for Kansas City (0-0 so far).

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Betting Line:
If you're going with the Cardinals in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -175 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 4-rated Cardinals and the league No. 12-ranked Royals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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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 4.8 runs per game, against a Royals offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Cardinals have averaged 9.3 hits per game to date this season, more than the Royals hitters have managed (9.1 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Kansas City owns the American League's No. 14-rated road mark, allowing 5.4 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Kansas City was an 8-4 loser on the road against the Athletics. Bettors on Oakland at -142 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (12) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Kansas City didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-4 to Oakland on Thursday at Overstock.com Coliseum.

St. Louis was a 7-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Nationals. They lost as -104 underdogs, while the total score of 11 made winners of OVER bettors. St. Louis lost in extra innings against the Nationals on Thursday as Washington edged them 7-4 at Nationals Park.

Kansas City Royals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Oakland are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Kansas City are 6-4
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Royals at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Kansas City's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
Kansas City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games
St. Louis is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis' last 14 games at home

Next up:
Kansas City at St. Louis, Saturday, June 18

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