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The Kansas City Royals will be looking for another win as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals this Monday. The Royals are after 16-31 after beating the Angels in their last game. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 24-23 after losing to the Rangers on Sunday. Now, both teams will be looking to improve upon their respective records in this game.
Royals Continue To Struggle
The Kansas City Royals entered the 2019 season with the hopes of finishing the season with a winning record. However, the team is projected to win around 70 games this season so it is expected to remain below the .500 mark throughout the majority of the season. So far this season, the team has struggled as it has only won 16 of its first 47 games this season including losses in four of its last five games. Although it is really early in the season, the Royals look destined for another season in the AL Central basement.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 19, 2019
The Kansas City Royals are led by second baseman Whit Merrifield who was one of the lone bright spots for the team last season. Last season, Merrifield managed to hit 12 home runs along with 60 RBIs. However, he was also tremendous at getting on base last season as he had a .304 batting average. So far this season, he has a .290 batting average along with six home runs and 22 RBIs.
Cardinals Look To Stay Above .500
The St. Louis Cardinals entered the 2019 season with hopes of competing for a division title once again this season. According to Vegas oddsmakers, the Cardinals are expected to win 88.5 games which means that this team should end the season in the thick of the playoff race once again. So far this season, the Cardinals have extremely overrated as the team has only won 24 of their first 47 games which is why the team is currently in fourth place of the NL Central division. However, the team now gets to return home where the Cardinals have been extremely successful up to this point in the season.
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— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 19, 2019
The St. Louis Cardinals are led by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt who has been tremendous over the last few seasons. Last season, Goldschmidt hit 33 home runs along with 83 RBIs. However, that was with the Arizona Diamondbacks and he decided to sign a massive contract with the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason. However, he has underperformed during his brief career with the organization as he only as a .254 batting average through the team’s first 47 games.
- Cardinals are 7-1 in Wacha’s last 8 starts vs. American League Central.
- Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Royals are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win.
- Royals are 3-14 in their last 17 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, St. Louis is the better of these two teams by a wide margin and is in much better form that the Royals at this point in time. St. Louis managed to improve its roster entering the season while the Royals seemed content to spend another season in the basement of the MLB. I expect this game to be close for a little while but I think the Cardinals will do just enough to get the victory.
Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals
Full-Game Total Pick
Since both of these teams possess below average pitching staffs, I have to lean to the over in this game. Furthermore, both teams still possess underrated lineups so I can see both teams scoring at least four runs. I can see this game being somewhere in the realm of 6-4 so I will recommend the over in this game.
Prediction: Over 9