Cardinals Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – August 13, 2021

Written By Staff on August 12, 2021

The St. Louis Cardinals (58-56) and Kansas City Royals (49-64) meet on Friday to start a three-game series, with the first pitch at 8:10 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium. Jack Flaherty takes the mound first for St. Louis (-135 to win), and Mike Minor is Kansas City’s (+115) pick to start.

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Cardinals vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Flaherty (STL) Pitcher Minor (KC)
8 – 1 W/L 8 – 10
62.0 IP 130.1
2.90 ERA 5.39
1.020 WHIP 1.270
9.7 K/9 8.8
2.8 BB/9 2.7

Cardinals Probable Starter Jack Flaherty

  • Flaherty makes the start for the Cardinals, his 12th of the season. He is 8-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.
  • The righty last appeared on Tuesday, June 1 against the Dodgers, when he threw five innings, allowing two earned runs while giving up two hits.
  • The opposing Royals offense has the 24th-ranked slugging percentage (.388) and is 27th in MLB play with 115 home runs. They have a collective .241 batting average, and are 18th in the league with 902 total hits and 24th in MLB action scoring 467 runs.
  • The Cardinals won each of Flaherty’s seven starts this season that they were the moneyline favorite.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 12, 2021 at 4:48 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Flaherty

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Ryan O’Hearn 8 .125 1 0 0 .125 .250
Whit Merrifield 7 .143 1 0 0 .250 .393
Hunter Dozier 5 .200 1 0 0 .200 .600
Jarrod Dyson 5 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Nicky Lopez 4 .250 1 0 0 .250 .500
Carlos Santana 4 .000 0 0 0 .200 .200
Salvador Perez 2 .000 0 0 0 .333 .333

Royals Probable Starter Mike Minor

  • Minor (8-10) will take to the mound for the Royals and make his 24th start of the season.
  • The left-hander’s last start was on Saturday, when he tossed five innings while giving up four earned runs on seven hits in a matchup with the Cardinals.
  • The Cardinals rank 26th in MLB with 460 runs scored this season. They have a .236 batting average this campaign with 125 home runs (23rd in the league).
  • His team has been victorious in 46.2% of the games he’s started as the moneyline underdog with a record of 6-7.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 12, 2021 at 4:48 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Cardinals Stats vs Minor

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Yadier Molina 13 .154 2 1 2 .312 .697
Matt Carpenter 12 .583 7 1 2 .615 1.615
Nolan Arenado 9 .222 2 0 1 .273 .495
Paul Goldschmidt 9 .556 5 2 3 .600 1.933
Tommy Edman 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Dylan Carlson 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 1.000
Paul DeJong 3 .667 2 0 1 .667 1.334
Tyler O’Neill 3 1.000 3 1 1 1.000 3.333
Harrison Bader 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Cardinals Betting Trends

  • The Cardinals score an average of 4.2 runs per game on the road compared to 3.9 per contest at home.
  • The Cardinals score the fifth-fewest runs in baseball (460 total, 4.0 per game).
  • The Cardinals have won 61.3% of the games this season when they were the moneyline favorite (38-24).
  • In games it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -135 or shorter, St. Louis has gone 20-8 (71.4%).
  • In the 114 games oddsmakers have set an over/under for St. Louis, it has combined with opponents to go over the total 52 times (52-56-6).
  • St. Louis played as the moneyline favorite in eight of its last 10 games, and finished 6-2 in those matchups.
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Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have scored the 24th-most runs in the league this season with 467 (4.1 per game).
  • In 56 home games this season, they’ve scored 4.8 runs per contest compared to the 3.5 per game they score away from Kauffman Stadium.
  • The Royals have been underdogs in 75 games this season and won 28 (37.3%) of those contests.
  • Kansas City has a record of 19-37 in games where sportsbooks have them as underogs of at least +115 on the moneyline.
  • Kansas City’s games have gone over the total in 50 of their 113 chances.
  • In 10 games over the last 10 matchups when set as the underdog by sportsbooks, Kansas City has a record of 4-6.

Cardinals Players to Watch

  • Paul Goldschmidt has 19 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs and 45 walks while hitting .274.
  • Among the qualified hitters in MLB play, Goldschmidt’s 118 hits rank 18th.
  • Nolan Arenado’s 22 home runs and 69 RBI both pace his team.
  • Among the qualifying hitters in MLB, Arenado ranks 21st in HR (22), 17th in RBI (69), and ninth in SLG (.494).

Cardinals Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Tommy Edman 443 .251 56 7 32 .297 .672
Paul Goldschmidt 431 .274 60 18 65 .343 .791
Nolan Arenado 425 .261 54 22 69 .312 .806
Dylan Carlson 418 .261 60 12 46 .340 .759
Yadier Molina 313 .252 29 8 46 .296 .673
Tyler O’Neill 312 .276 49 18 41 .341 .851
Paul DeJong 280 .200 39 16 39 .289 .685
Harrison Bader 193 .269 23 9 28 .322 .778
Edmundo Sosa 174 .253 21 3 10 .319 .670
Matt Carpenter 163 .196 16 3 21 .330 .649

Royals Players to Watch

  • Salvador Perez is batting .276 with 29 home runs and 73 RBI. All three of those stats are tops among Kansas City hitters this season.
  • Perez ranks 16th in hits (120), third in HR (29), and 13th in RBI (73) among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Whit Merrifield has 122 hits and an OBP of .314 to go with a slugging percentage of .387 this season.
  • Merrifield’s 122 hits rank 12th, and his .387 SLG ranks 23rd among all qualified batters in the league.

Royals Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 452 .270 63 8 54 .314 .701
Salvador Pérez 435 .276 53 29 73 .305 .822
Carlos Santana 402 .224 57 17 55 .333 .709
Michael A. Taylor 342 .240 46 10 40 .299 .659
Hunter Dozier 333 .204 38 8 32 .278 .638
Andrew Benintendi 308 .256 43 11 39 .312 .721
Nicky Lopez 304 .273 44 0 28 .344 .689
Hanser Alberto 181 .260 19 1 17 .277 .664
Ryan O’Hearn 164 .238 18 9 26 .269 .696
Jarrod Dyson 107 .224 13 0 9 .257 .584

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