Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/5/14
St. Louis Cardinals (30-29) at Kansas City Royals (28-30)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
Michael Wacha (R) (4-3) (2.455) vs. Yordano Ventura (R) (2-5) (3.454)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +107 / St. Louis Cardinals -117 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, FSN-KC
The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will wrap up a four-game series on Thursday night.
The Cardinals have lost six of their last eight games, but are coming off a 5-2, 11th inning victory on Wednesday. While five runs is usually a lot for the Cards, it’s the solid pitching performance that should catch you by surprise. Even with a talented rotation, the Cardinals have allowed six or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. Offensively, Matt Carpenter has seven hits in his last two games and Jon Jay has gotten on base at least once in seven straight games. Getting the nod is Michael Wacha, who is 4-3 with a 2.45 ERA and has 75 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. This will be Wacha’s second career start against the Royals.
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The Royals have won four of their last seven games, but are still three games below a .500 record. The Royals are a team that just can’t get on the same page and now their pitching has taken a turn for the worst. The Royals have allowed four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. That’s not a good sign when the Royals offense is good for 21st in runs scored. Alex Gordon, however, has homered twice in this series. Yordano Ventura gets the start, and he’s 2-5 with a 3.45 ERA and has 59 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. This will be Ventura’s first career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 0-6 in Wacha's last 6 road starts and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road favorite. The Royals are 1-6 in Ventura's last 7 home starts and 6-0 in their last 6 interleague games.
Both pitchers have good stuff and neither offense is great at putting runs on the board. I'll take the under in this matchup with the way both teams have been playing.