The St. Louis Cardinals (51-66) will conclude the 2-game series with Kansas City Royal (38-80) Saturday at Kaufman Stadium The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET, let’s analyze the lines of BetMGM Sportsbook around it. Cardinals and the Royal Family odds and make our expert MLB picks and predictions for the best bets.
Season Series: Royals Lead 2-1
In a 12-8 loss to the Royals on Friday, C Wilson Contraras Produced 3 home runs and 5 runs hit for the Cardinals. Friday’s defeat left a 2-game win streak for St. Louis and remains in the final spot in the NL Central.
The royal family also had impressive performances from an Auror like C. Salvador Perez Hitting 4 home runs and 4 runs hit during Friday’s 12-8 victory, Kansas City has won just 2 of its last 7 contests. and placed last in the AL Central.
Cardinals at Royals predicted start
L.H.P. Steven Matz vs. LHP Cole Ragans
Matz (3-7, 3.91 ERA) is making his 17th start. He has a 1.37 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9 and an 8.5 K/9 to 99 IP.
- Last start: Won 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K in a 6-2 home win against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 5.
- Road stats: 1-3, 4.76 ERA (45 1/3 IP, 24 ER) in 8 starts (11 games).
- Career vs. Royals: 2-0, 1.23 ERA (14 2/3 IP, 2 ER) in 2 starts (3 games).
Ragans (3-3, 3.86 ERA) is starting for the fourth time. He has a 1.26 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9 and a 9.9 K/9 to 42 IP.
- Last Start: No decision 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 11 K in Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
- Home stats: 3-1, 3.13 ERA (23 IP, 8 ER) in 2 games (11 games).
- First career start with the Cardinals
Cardinals at Royals odds
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- Moneyline (ml.): Cardinals -140 ($140 bet to win $100) | Royals +115 ($100 bet to win $115)
- Running line (RL)/Anti-spread (ATS): Cardinals -1.5 (+110) | Royals +1.5 (-135)
- Over/Under (O/U): 9.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
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Cardinals at Royals pick and prediction
Cardinals 5, Royals 4
After Friday’s loss I will take sides Cardinals (-140) On the road in Saturday’s race St. Louis leads 4-1 in Matz’s last five starts (he’s won three of them in that span).
The Cardinals are also 7-3 in their last 10 meetings.
Run line/anti spread
Royal +1.5 (-135) It’s been a play in this contest as Kansas City has received solid pitching from the Ragans Royals, winning or keeping up to 2 games in six of their last 10 games.
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Under 9.5 (-115) It’s how I would bet on the total of runs with both teams facing south on the mound. Under is 2-1 in their first 3 meetings this season.
The Cardinals are still under 9-4 in their last 13 games overall.
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