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Cardinals vs. Royals - 6/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (41-36) at St. Louis Cardinals (40-37)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

C Young (2-7) (6.54) vs. M Leake (5-5) (4.25)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -171 / Kansas City Royals +161 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSKC/FSMW

The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals end their four-game series Thursday night.

The Kansas City Royals look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Royals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Kansas City Royals offense has picked up recently, and they’ve won 12 of their last 18 games when scoring more than three runs. Eric Hosmer leads Kansas City with 90 hits, Alcides Escobar has 21 RBI and Salvador Perez has 12 home runs. Chris Young gets the nod, and he’s 2-7 with a 6.54 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Young is 1-4 with a 3.74 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Royals - 6/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense has been hit or miss, but they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 81 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 40 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 14 home runs. Mike Leake takes the hill, and he’s 5-5 with a 4.25 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. This will be Leake’s first career game against the Royals.

The Royals are 20-8 in their last 28 during game 4 of a series and 0-5 in Youngs last 5 road starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series and 4-1 in Leakes last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The under is 5-1-4 in the last 10 meetings.

I'm not sure why the Leake is getting such a steep price, but I'm not asking questions. Yes, Young hasn't been good this season, however, it's not like Leake has been great in his own right. I'll take the Royals just off the price. 

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Kansas City Royals +161

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