Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 8/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (55-56) at Kansas City Royals (57-53)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm (Kauffman Stadium)
M Wacha (8-4) (3.66) vs. J Vargas (13-5) (3.10)
The Line: Kansas City Royals -107 / St. Louis Cardinals -103 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
Out at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals will be continuing their MLB series.
In Monday’s game one, the Cardinals scored six runs in the fourth inning and cruised to an 11-3 victory.
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For the Tuesday game, the Cardinals will be rolling out RHP Michael Wacha. In his 110.2 innings and 8-4 record this year, Wacha has a 3.66 ERA with 110 Ks and 36 BBs.
St. Louis has a few noteworthy batters this year. Yadier Molina entered this series with 98 hits, 41 runs, 12 homers and 47 RBI, while Jedd Gyorko had 94 hits, 40 runs, 14 homes and 52 RBI. On Monday, Gyorko sat out while Molina managed two hits and two runs.
Over on the Royals’ side, they’re going with lefty Jason Vargas on Tuesday. Over his 125.0 innings and 13-5 record this year, Vargas has a 3.10 ERA with 92 Ks and 34 BBs.
Kansas City has some key bats as well. Eric Hosmer came into this set with 134 hits, 67 runs, 17 homers and 60 RBI, while Lorenzo Cain had 114 hits, 66 runs, 12 homers and 35 RBI in that time. On Monday, Hosmer bagged a solo homer while Cain had two hits.
The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last four during game two of a series, and 7-2 in their last nine games versus a left-handed starter. St. Louis is also 6-2 in Wacha’s last eight starts and 2-6 in Wacha’s last eight Tuesday starts.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 2-6 in their last eight during game two of a series, and 10-1 in Vargas’ last 11 starts with five days rest. K is also 4-1 in Vargas’ last five Tuesday starts and 23-8 in Vargas’ last 31 starts.
Aside from five earned in 6.0 innings at Wrigley Field, Wacha has been very good over his last four starts. In those other three, he’s surrendered just one earned over 19.0 innings. As for Vargas, he had a spot where he gave up 12 earned over two starts, but since then has given up just six earned over three starts. This should be a pretty good pitching matchup, but I’m going with the Royals here, as they’ve got the better offense right now.