St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals - 8/10/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Royals (57-55) at St. Louis Cardinals (57-56)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm (New Busch Stadium)
J Hammel (5-9) (4.73) vs. L Lynn (10-6) (3.12)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -139 / Kansas City Royals +129 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, FSKC
Over at Busch Stadium on Thursday, the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals will be finishing up their MLB series.
Kansas City won the first two games of this set by a combined 21-6 score. On Wednesday, St. Louis woke up with an 8-5 win.
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For the Thursday game, the Royals will be trotting out RHP Jason Hammel. In his 125.2 innings and 5-9 record this year, Hammel has a 4.73 ERA with 96 Ks and 37 BBs.
Kansas City has some key bats this year. Eric Hosmer came into Wednesday with 135 hits, 69 runs, 18 homers and 61 RBI while Lorenzo Cain was second with 116 hits, 66 runs, 12 homers and 35 RBI. On Wednesday, Hosmer and Cain combined for five hits, two runs and an RBI.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they're going with RHP Lance Lynn on Thursday. In his 132.2 innings and 10-6 record this year, Lynn has a 3.12 ERA with 114 Ks and 49 BBs.
St. Louis has a few noteworthy hitters as well. Yadier Molina led the way coming into Wednesday with 102 hits, 45 runs, 13 homers and 50 RBI, while Jedd Gyorko had 95 hits, 42 runs, 15 homers and 55 RBI. Molina slapped a grand slam on Wednesday to help propel the win; Gyorko had a hit and an RBI.
The Royals are 4-0 in their last four during game four of a series, and 5-2 in their last seven Thursday games. Kansas City is also 7-15 in Hammel’s last 22 starts and 2-6 in Hammel’s last eight starts with five days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 2-6 in their last eight Thursday games, and 5-1 in Lynn’s last six starts. St. Louis is also 3-7 in Lynn’s last 10 starts in game four of a series, and 1-4 in Lynn’s last five interleague starts.
Hammel has been nothing if not consistent over the last month. Over his last six starts, he’s allowed three earned runs in five of them (one earned in the other), and has gone at least 6.0 innings in four out of those six. As for Lynn, he’s given up one earned run or fewer in five of his last six starts, going at least 6.0 innings in all of them. You could make a case for Lynn being the Cardinals’ best pitcher on the roster, but he’s not usually going to get much help from an offense that has to rely on an aging Yadier Molina as their most productive hitter. St. Louis may be able to eke one out behind Lynn’s arm, but the play here is probably the under.