Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/4/14
St. Louis Cardinals (30-28) at Kansas City Royals (27-30)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Adam Wainwright (R) (8-3) (2.320) vs. Jason Vargas (L) (5-2) (3.390)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +130 / St. Louis Cardinals -140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, FSN-KC
The St. Louis Cardinals hope to get back on track when they play game three of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
The Cardinals have lost six of their last seven games and are one loss away from dropping to .500 on the season. What’s bizarre is that it’s the Cardinals pitching that has folded during this stretch, allowing six or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cardinals are 6-21 when allowing more than three runs this season. Offensively, Matt Holliday has gotten on base at least once in 11 straight games and Matt Carpenter has six multi-hit games in his last 10 games. Getting the nod is Adam Wainwright, who is 8-3 with a 2.32 ERA and has 81 strikeouts in 85.1 innings. Wainwright is 4-1 with a 3.21 ERA in nine career games against the Royals.
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The Royals have won four of their last six games and are hanging around in the AL Central. Not known as an offensive powerhouse, the Royals have feasted in this series by scoring 14 runs on 22 hits in the first two games. Alex Gordon has homered in back-to-back games and Eric Hosmer has seven hits in as many games. The Royals pitching has allowed four or more runs in five of their last seven games. Jason Vargas gets the start, and he’s 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA and has 59 strikeouts in 77 innings. Vargas is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in three career games against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 7-0 in their last 7 games after losing the first 2 games of a series and 19-7 in Wainwright's last 26 starts as a road favorite. The Royals are 5-0 in their last 5 interleague games and 5-2 in Vargas' last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Cardinals are 4-0 in Wainwrights last 4 road starts vs. Royals.
You have to like the stat of the Cards bouncing back when losing the first two games of a series and Wainwright on the mound. I'll take the Cardinals, although I would wait and see if I can get them a little cheaper.