Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/7/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (55-56) at Kansas City Royals (57-53)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
C Martinez (7-9) (3.59) vs. I Kennedy (4-7) (4.60)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -110 / St. Louis Cardinals -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Kansas City, FS-Midwest
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals square off in game one of a four game home-and-home interleague set on Monday.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to build on a pair of back-to-back wins to take their series with the Reds over the weekend, including a 13-4 win over Cincinnati in the series finale on Sunday. Jose Martinez led the team with a homer and four RBIs while Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Luke Voit each put up a pair of RBIs in the win. Greg Garcia and Kolten Wong each added a double and an RBI while Tommy Pham rounded out St. Louis’ output on the scoreboard in the winning effort. Paul DeJong went 3 for 5 while Yadier Molina added a pair of base hits and Stephen Piscotty added a base knock of his own in the win. Adam Wainwright gave up three runs on four hits while walking five over just three innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brett Cecil threw three follow-up scoreless innings of relief, striking out a pair for the win to improve to 2-4 this season. Carlos Martinez will start game one and is 7-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 151 strikeouts this season. In his career, Martinez is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts against Kansas City.
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The Kansas City Royals will look to build on a series split with the Mariners following a double-header split on Sunday with a 9-1 win over Seattle in the series finale on Sunday. Melky Cabrera led the team with four RBIs, going 3 for 4 at the dish with a homer and a double. Eric Hosmer followed right behind with three RBIs, going 3 for 5 with a solo homer while Whit Merrifield added a solo shot of his own to round out KC’s output in the win. Lorenzo Cain went 3 for 5 and Cam Gallagher added a base hit of his own in the winning effort for KC. Jake Junis threw a gem, going eight innings, giving up just the one run on four hits while striking out seven to get the win, improving his record to 4-2 this season. Ian Kennedy will start game one and is 4-7 with a 4.60 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kennedy is 3-5 with a 7.20 ERA and 41 strikeouts against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 2-6 in Martinez’s last 8 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 interleague road games while the under is 5-1-2 in their last 7 road games. Kansas City is 8-2 in Kennedy’s last 10 starts and 20-10 in their last 31 interleague home games while the under is 7-1-2 in their last 10 against the NL Central. St. Louis is 27-11 in the last 38 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
Normally I’d be on Martinez like white on rice with a low line like this, but the fact of the matter is that Martinez has burned me the last few times I’ve backed him, and Kennedy has been money for the most part for the Royals as of late. Even with a double-header, Kansas City still has a bit of a rest advantage with not having to travel, so I’ll lean towards KC to draw first blood here.