Royals vs. Cardinals Wednesday Pick

Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 5/23/2018 Prediction & Odds

The I-70 series between the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals ends Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Will the rubber match between the two clubs stay under the total for bettors?

Game Snapshot & Odds

975 Kansas City Royals (+165) at 976 St. Louis Cardinals (-190); 8 runs

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

1:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium

TV: KC (FSKC); STL (FSMW)

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Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cardinals as a -190 favorite. As of this writing, 71% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Royals on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Royals' Junis allows two runs in victory over Yankees

Jake Junis was charged with two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Friday. Junis delivered zeros until the Yankees finally got to him in the sixth. He was pulled with two on and one out before Tim Hill let both inherited runners score. Still, it was a solid performance against one of the league’s best lineups. Junis now sits at 5-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 48/12 K/BB ratio in 56 1/3 innings through nine starts.

Cardinals Wacha pitches well in last outing

Michael Wacha held the Phillies to two runs over six innings and struck out eight on Friday. It's the sixth straight start in which Wacha has allowed two runs or fewer. He looked very shaky at the beginning of the year with his velocity down, but he's bounced back awfully nicely.

MLB Betting Trends

Kansas City

Following last night's victory, the Royals are now 1-5 in their last six games versus the Cardinals overall.

St. Louis

The under continues to be a strong play when these two teams met, going 18-7-3 in the last 28 meetings in St. Louis.

Prediction:

After their lackluster performance last night I'm not chomping at the bit to go back to the Cardinals and lay -190 on the money line (or -1.5 on the runline). I see more value in the under with both teams taking turns doing nothing offensively in the first two games of this series. Junis is arguably the Royals' best pitcher and Wacha has pitched well for over a month now.

The Pick: Royals/Cardinals under 8

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