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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas City Royals (57-55) at St. Louis Cardinals (57-56)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)

T Cahill (4-3) (4.13) vs. M Leake (7-10) (3.34)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -140 / Kansas City Royals +130 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, FSKC

The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.

The Kansas City Royals could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Royals allowed 10 runs in Tuesday’s loss and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Kansas City Royals have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with 135 hits and 61 RBI while Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas have combined for 226 hits and 108 RBI. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. Cahill is 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.  

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Cardinals have scored 34 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won nine straight games when scoring at least three runs. Yadier Molina leads the Cardinals with 102 hits and 50 RBI while Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter have combined for 188 hits and 109 RBI. Mike Leake gets the ball, and he is 7-10 with a 3.34 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. This will be Leake’s second career game against the Royals. 

The Royals are 7-1 in their last 8 Wednesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 interleague games. The Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 home games, 5-15 in Leakes last 20 home starts and 1-5 in Leakes last 6 starts. The under is 14-4-3 in the last 21 meetings in St. Louis and 7-2-4 in the last 13 meetings.

The Cardinals have a rock solid ERA in the second half of the season, and it was only a matter of time before the wins piled up. It's not likely St. Louis keeps dropping double-digit runs, but this winning streak is in good hands with the pitching the way it is. Leake has allowed just six earned runs in his last 18 innings and has an ERA of just 3.20 at home. Cahill has been hit or miss all year and has an ERA over six on the road. I like the Cards to extend their winning streak to five games.

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