MLB Betting Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals – August 10, 2018

by | Aug 9, 2018 | Baseball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
Date & Time: Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at 8:15 PM
Moneyline: STL  -171| KC +154
Over/Under Total: 9
Quick Pick:  St. Louis Cardinals -171

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The St. Louis Cardinals will take on the Kansas City Royals on Friday Night, August 10, 2018, in an Interleague matchup in the MLB.

This game is being played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri with the first pitch scheduled to take place at 8:15 PM ET.

Bookmaker has set the money line for this game at St. Louis Cardinals -171 and Kansas City Royals +154. They have set the posted total this particular game at 9 runs.

Cardinals Give Start To Austin Gomber

The St. Louis Cardinals enter this game with the Royals in 3rd place in the National League Central Division. They have a 60-55 record and now find themselves just 6.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the top spot in the division.

The Cardinals have won back to back games and 7 out of their last 10 games overall. The Cardinals have come on strong lately, winning their last 4 series against the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins.

This game will kick off a 3 game series with the Royals before the Cardinals return home after a 9 game road trip. The Cardinals will head home on Sunday at the conclusion of their game with the Royals and host the Washington Nationals in a 4 game series starting on Monday.

The Cardinals will give the Friday Night start to Austin Gomber. Gomber is 1-0 on the year with a 4.10 ERA. Gomber has appeared in a total of 19 appearances. Gomber has come out of the bullpen 17 times and started 2 games for the Cardinals.

In his last appearance on the mound, Gomber went 4 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gomber gave up 7 hits and 4 earned runs in that game while striking out 5 batters and walking 3.

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Royals Turn To Burch Smith For Start

The Kansas City Royals are in the last place in the American League Central. They are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worse record in baseball. They are 35-79 and are now 28.5 games out of first place in the division.

The Royals have lost 7 of their last 10 games and are actually worst at home this year than they are on the road. The Royals are 16-39 at home in Kauffman Stadium compared to 19-40 on the road.

The Royals will turn to Burch Smith for the start on Friday Night. Smith is 1-3 on the year with a 6.41 ERA. Smith has pitched in 24 games out of the bullpen and made 5 starts for the Royals.

Smith has lost back to back starts, against the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. In those two games, Smith gave up 12 hits and 11 earned runs in the two games combined. Smith's last win came at home when he faced the Detroit Tigers on July 24.

Cardinals Beat Up Royals

For any bettor to play the Kansas City Royals would need their heads examined. No chance that will happen, not with me at least. St. Louis is by far superior to the Cardinals and should without a doubt be able to dominate this game. Don't think too hard into this one! Play the St. Louis Cardinals -171 for 2.5 units.

Handicapping Selection: St. Louis Cardinals -171 for 2.5 units

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