St. Louis Cardinals (60-55, 31-29 Away) at Kansas City Royals (35-79, 16-39 Home)
MLB: Friday, August 10, 2018, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri, 8:15 PM ET
The St. Louis Cardinals are playing well at the moment as they won six out of the previous eight games including the last two of the series with the Miami Marlins on the road. However, the Cards are six wins behind the AL Central leaders Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, and they must come away victorious out of this series. On the other hand, the Kansas City Royals were in a poor form of six consecutive defeats, but they bounced back with a big win in the final game of the series with the Cubs.
The pitching matchup for Friday’s tilt will give us Austin Gomber for St. Louis Cardinals against the Kansas City Royals’ Burch Smith. First pitch was set for 8:15 PM ET.
The Cardinals closed the series with Miami with a comfortable win
St. Louis fell short in the opening game of the series with Miami but they answered with a pair of victories including the latest one, 7-1. The Cardinals allowed just four bases to the Marlins, while they won even 20, scoring four runs in the last two innings to secure an easy and well-deserved win. The hosts managed to score the lone run in the second inning and they weren’t dangerous for the remainder of the clash thanks to a solid display from the Cards’ defense.
Austin Gomber is listed as a starting pitcher against the Kansas City Royals, and the 24-year-old rookie pitcher played 19 games in this season (two starts) and has a win as he pitched 26 innings, allowing 22 hits and 14 runs with 14 walks and 23 strikeouts.
The Royals upset the Cubs with a massive win
Kansas City played badly lately as they lost six straight and nobody expected a 9-0 victory over the favored Chicago Cubs, but the Royals made a surprise following two games in which they scored just one run in total. The Royals recorded nine hits in opposite to Chicago’s three and scored nine runs, with seven of them came in the seventh and eighth innings.
Burch Smith is set to start against the St. Louis Cardinals, and he played 29 games (five starts) in this campaign, with a 6.41 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP, 29 walks, and 59 strikeouts. The Royals are 1-4 in Smith’s last five starts, while they are 1-4 in Smiths previous five starts on grass.
- 15-37 in their last 52 during game one of a series
- 2-5 in their last seven interleague games
- 4-12 in their last 16 vs. National League Central rivals
- 6-14 in their last 20 games following an off day
- 4-0 in their last four games played on the road vs. a right-handed starter
- 4-0 in their last four when their opponent scores five runs or more in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
St. Louis Cardinals won ten out of the previous 15 H2H encounter including five out of the last seven, while the Cards were victorious in four out of the past five meetings at the Kauffman Stadium. St. Louis cannot afford to lose as they are on a trail of the Cubs and Brewers, and I believe they are a better team than the Royals, so I am backing them to win.
Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals (-150)
Full-Game Total Pick
For those who prefer playing on the points, over is 3-0-2 in the last five meetings in Kansas City; over is 4-1 in Royals previous five games following an off day, while over is 4-0 in Royals past four Friday games.
Prediction: Over 9 (-125)
Full-Game Prop Bet
Kansas City has the worst defense in the entire MLB and although they miraculously kept the Chicago Cubs off the scoreboard in a 9-0 win, I don’t think they will manage to control the visitors on this one.
Prediction: Team Totals: St. Louis Cardinals Over 4.5 (-145)
First Five Innings Side Pick
Despite the fact that St. Louis had a lead in just two out of the last five games after the opening five innings, I am backing them to do well here and take early control of the duel.
Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals (-160)
First Five Innings Total Bet
Although the Cards weren’t pretty efficient in the first five innings recently, the Royals’ defense is horrendous and I am sure they will have a lot of problems to contain the visitors from the very start, but they also can hurt St. Louis.
Prediction: Over 5 (-120)
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
I am expecting a pretty tied opening inning and I believe the rivals will be equal following the first one in terms of hits.
Prediction: Most Hits in the 1st Inning: Tie (+200)