Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 9/23/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Louis Cardinals (27-25) at Kansas City Royals (22-33)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Carlos Martinez (0-2) (8.40) vs. Danny Duffy (3-4) (5.01)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +120 / St. Louis Cardinals -130 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Cardinals have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Cardinals have won five straight games when scoring four or more runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 52 hits and 19 RBI while Tommy Edman and Kolten Wong have combined for 88 hits and 38 RBI. Carlos Martinez gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 8.40 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 1-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Kansas City Royals need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Royals have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Royals have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 64 hits and 30 RBI while Maikel Franco and Salvador Perez have combined for 102 hits and 57 RBI. Danny Duffy gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 5.01 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. Duffy is 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 games on grass and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 112-234 in their last 346 games as an underdog and 28-81 in their last 109 during game 3 of a series. The under is 10-3-2 in Cardinals last 15 road games. The under is 5-1 in Royals last 6 overall. The Cardinals are 36-15 in the last 51 meetings in Kansas City.
Carlos Martinez has allowed eight earned runs and 16 hits in his last 11.1 innings while Danny Duffy has allowed 12 earned runs and 15 hits in his last 18.1 innings. I can't get behind either of these starting pitchers with any confidence, as they've both had serious issues getting outs without giving up crooked numbers. When this is the case, I normally lean toward the over and call it a day.
Give me the over nine runs.