Cardinals Vs Royals: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – August 15, 2021

Written By Staff on August 14, 2021

The St. Louis Cardinals (60-56) will attempt to keep a five-game road win streak alive when they play the Kansas City Royals (49-66) on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET. J.A. Happ takes the mound first for St. Louis (-120 to win), and Kris Bubic is Kansas City’s (+100) choice to start.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of August 14, 2021, 10:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cardinals vs Royals Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Happ (STL) Pitcher Bubic (KC)
1 – 0 W/L 3 – 5
11.0 IP 85.1
2.45 ERA 4.43
0.820 WHIP 1.440
7.4 K/9 7.6
2.5 BB/9 4.5

Cardinals Probable Starter J.A. Happ

  • The Cardinals will look to Happ (1-0) to open the game and make his third start this season.
  • His most recent time out was on Tuesday against the Pirates, when the lefty threw six innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing only one hit.
  • He will face off against a Royals team that is hitting .241 as a unit (15th in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .386 (24th in the league) with 115 total home runs (28th in MLB play).
  • The Cardinals were named the moneyline favorite for two Happ starts this season — they split the games.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 14, 2021 at 10:50 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Royals Stats vs Happ

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Andrew Benintendi 30 .233 7 0 3 .324 .591
Salvador Perez 26 .423 11 5 8 .423 1.461
Carlos Santana 25 .440 11 1 2 .500 1.100
Hanser Alberto 24 .417 10 3 6 .417 1.334
Whit Merrifield 22 .227 5 2 6 .250 .795
Hunter Dozier 10 .200 2 1 2 .273 .773
Michael A. Taylor 7 .143 1 0 1 .143 .429
Nicky Lopez 4 .250 1 0 0 .400 .650
Jarrod Dyson 4 .500 2 0 0 .500 1.000
Cam Gallagher 3 .667 2 0 0 .750 1.417

Royals Probable Starter Kris Bubic

  • The Royals will hand the ball to Bubic (3-5) for his 13th start of the season.
  • The left-hander’s last appearance was on Sunday, when he threw 4 2/3 innings against the Cardinals, giving up one earned run while allowing four hits.
  • The Cardinals are batting .237 this season, 19th in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .392 (23rd in the league) with 129 home runs.
  • When he starts a game and his team is the underdog on the moneyline, they have a record of 7-8.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 14, 2021 at 10:50 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Cardinals Stats vs Bubic

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Dylan Carlson 3 .667 2 1 1 .667 2.334
Nolan Arenado 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 .666
Paul Goldschmidt 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Andrew Knizner 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Tommy Edman 1 .000 0 0 0 .500 .500
Paul DeJong 1 .000 0 0 0 .500 .500
Tyler O’Neill 1 .000 0 0 0 .667 .667

Cardinals Betting Trends

  • The Cardinals’ offense is averaging 4.3 runs in road games and 3.9 per contest when they play at home.
  • The Cardinals rank 24th in runs scored with 475, 4.1 per game.
  • The Cardinals are 39-24 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 61.9% of those games).
  • St. Louis has a record of 30-14 in games it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -120 or shorter (68.2%).
  • St. Louis has had an over/under set by bookmakers 116 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 53 of those games (53-57-6).
  • St. Louis went 6-2 over the eight games it was moneyline favorites in its last 10 matchups.
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Royals Betting Trends

  • The Royals have scored 471 runs (just 4.1 per game) this season, which ranks 26th in MLB.
  • In 58 home games this season, they’ve scored 4.7 runs per contest compared to the 3.5 per game they score away from Kauffman Stadium.
  • The Royals have been underdogs in 76 games this season and won 28 (36.8%) of those contests.
  • Kansas City has a record of 26-43 in games where sportsbooks have them as underogs of at least +100 on the moneyline.
  • Kansas City’s games have gone over the total in 51 of their 115 chances.
  • Kansas City has played as the underdog in nine of its past 10 games and won four of those contests.

Cardinals Players to Watch

  • Paul Goldschmidt has put up a team-best batting average of .276.
  • Goldschmidt ranks 17th in hits among qualifying hitters in MLB play.
  • Nolan Arenado has shown off his power as he paces his team with 24 home runs and 75 runs batted in.
  • Among qualifying batters in baseball, Arenado’s 24 HR rank 16th, his 75 RBI rank 13th, and his .509 SLG ranks eighth.

Cardinals Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Tommy Edman 452 .252 59 7 34 .300 .676
Paul Goldschmidt 439 .276 62 18 68 .344 .790
Nolan Arenado 432 .264 56 24 75 .316 .825
Dylan Carlson 418 .261 60 12 46 .340 .759
Yadier Molina 321 .255 30 8 48 .297 .677
Tyler O’Neill 320 .272 51 19 42 .340 .849
Paul DeJong 283 .198 39 16 40 .285 .677
Harrison Bader 201 .274 24 9 28 .324 .777
Edmundo Sosa 182 .264 23 3 10 .327 .684
Matt Carpenter 168 .190 16 3 21 .322 .632

Royals Players to Watch

  • Salvador Perez leads Kansas City in batting average (.278), home runs (29) and runs batted in (73) this season.
  • Perez ranks 15th in hits (123), fourth in HR (29), and 15th in RBI (73) among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Whit Merrifield has collected 124 hits this season and has an OBP of .316. He’s slugging .388 on the year.

Royals Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Whit Merrifield 459 .270 64 8 56 .316 .704
Salvador Pérez 443 .278 53 29 73 .308 .825
Carlos Santana 411 .221 57 17 56 .329 .699
Michael A. Taylor 346 .246 46 10 41 .303 .667
Hunter Dozier 339 .206 38 8 32 .280 .640
Andrew Benintendi 317 .249 44 11 39 .303 .700
Nicky Lopez 312 .272 45 0 28 .342 .685
Hanser Alberto 186 .269 20 1 17 .285 .677
Ryan O’Hearn 168 .232 18 9 26 .263 .680
Jarrod Dyson 110 .218 13 0 9 .250 .568

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