MLB Picks and Parlays: Kansas City and St Louis Continue Battle of Missouri
Kansas City Royals has been slumping in the last ten days. It has put a major dent in their momentum after they were seven games above .500 on July 30th. They are just 2-7 since then heading into Wednesday’s games. They were swept by the Orioles, split a four-game series with the Mariners and then dropped the first two games against the Cards, with those taking place in Kansas City. The pitching which had been so good through the streak has been in a slump in August with a 5.91 ERA which is dead last in the league.
St Louis Cardinals has been on the reverse track, heating up ever since they swept the Rockies July 24-26. They are above .500 for the first time since the start of June with the Cubs in their cross hairs in the NL Central. Their record in the last 15 games is 10-5. They’ve won four in a row heading into Wednesday’s games with this series shifting to St Louis.
The offense has been on fire through the last three games having scored 34 runs and making it to double digits in each of the games. Kolten Wong (.346-1-7), Matt Carpenter (.263-1-6) and Yadier Molina (.455-3-5 and nine runs scored) have led the offensive brigade over the past week.
Melky Cabrera (.400-1-6), Brandon Moss (.267-3-5) and Mike Moustakas (.269-2-4) have been carrying the load for the Royals in the past week. Eric Hosmer has 5 RBIs as well, but is hitting .179 over that span.
Trevor Cahill (4-3, 4.13 ERA) was acquired at the trade deadline by the Royals from the Padres. He’s yet to make it out of the fifth inning in his first two starts with his new team. He gave up five runs in four innings in a 9-8 loss to the Red Sox in his first start and two runs in 4.2 innings of a 6-4 win over the Mariners last time out. This is his first start of the season against St Louis.
Mike Leake (7-10, 3.34 ERA) has not been getting much run support from the Cards in recent outings. The team has lost five of his last six starts since the start of July. They’ve scored a total of eight runs in the last four losses. Last time out he dropped a 3-2 decision to the Reds, giving up three runs in six innings of work.
- Kansas City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City’s last 5 games
- St. Louis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games
Cash It In: St Louis are -147 favorites and the Royals +127 underdogs. It is hard to hitch a wagon to Cahill, but the Royals are better than their recent record indicates. I think they’ll find a way to win this one. Royals 5-4.