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Royals vs. Cardinals - 6/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (39-35) at Kansas City Royals (39-35)

MLB Baseball: Monday, June 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)

A Wainwright (6-4) (4.73) vs. D Duffy (2-1) (3.38)

The Line: Kansas City Royals -118 / St. Louis Cardinals +108 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW/FSKC

The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals begin their interleague series Monday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Cardinals have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.97 and have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Aledmys Diaz leads St. Louis with 79 hits, Stephen Piscotty has 39 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 13 home runs. Adam Wainwright gets the ball, and he’s 6-4 with a 4.73 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 4-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

Royals vs. Cardinals - 6/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas City Royals look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Royals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Kansas City Royals offense has been hot lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 87 hits, Alcides Escobar has 19 RBI and Salvador Perez has 12 home runs. Danny Duffy takes the hill, and he's 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games and 36-16 in Wainwrights last 52 starts. The Royals are 4-9 in their last 13 Monday games and 23-9 in Duffys last 32 home starts. The Cardinals are 26-10 in the last 36 meetings in Kansas City and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.

Anytime I can get an ace for a cheap price or plus money, I pounce on it. Sure, Wainwright isn't the same Wainwright he's been in the past, but he's still an above-average pitcher and is worth the value of the plus money. Give me the Cards as a slight underdog.

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St. Louis Cardinals +108

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