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Unexpected Aces Meet In I-70 Pitching Duel

With the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals both battling for a playoff spot, their traditional I-70 series has had increased implications this season. The in-state rivals close out their home-and-home set Thursday with a pair of red-hot pitchers taking the bump.

Shark Bites
  • The Royals are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games as underdogs against the Cardinals.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Cardinals’ last 7 games with Lance Lynn as the starting pitcher.
  • Matt Carpenter is 3-for-24 with 10 strikeouts in his career against Jason Hammel.

Royals starter Jason Hammel has allowed three or fewer runs in 11 of his past 12 trips to the mound, eight of which were quality starts. Manager Ned Yost will be looking to get another lengthy outing from Hammel after Tuesday’s starter lasted just 2.1 innings, which forced five members of the bullpen to take the bump.

Lance Lynn has quietly been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past month, with the righty posting a 1.21 ERA in his last six starts. The Cardinals starter has been incredibly efficient in his recent outings by allowing just 24 hits and five earned runs in his last 37.1 innings of work.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Kansas City Royals before the first pitch in this match found them as 129 moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the OVER/UNDER total of 8.5 earlier at TopBet.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 7.1-3.0 result in favor of the Cardinals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

St. Louis (58-56) will face the 57-56 Royals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Kansas City injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show the St. Louis Cardinals rated this week at No. 5 and the Kansas City Royals sitting at No. 7.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, St. Louis owns the No. 14 ranking for hits at 8.71 per game. By contrast, the Kansas City Royals are rated No. 15 in the same category at 8.71 per game.

St. Louis owns the No. 5 defense, allowing 4.61 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Kansas City's No. 14-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kansas City suffered an 8-5 loss against St. Louis on Wednesday, as Trevor Cahill wasn't able to lead his team to victory at New Busch Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Kansas City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kansas City at Chicago, Friday, August 11
St. Louis home to Atlanta, Friday, August 11