Cards, Royals Could See Another Low Scoring Affair
Neither team swung the bats very well on Monday afternoon as the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals resumed the I-70 season series. The lone run scored in the entire game came off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt in the very first inning of the game. After that, the bats went cold for the most part besides a few scattered hits. The same could be in store for Tuesday’s matchup.
Cardinals Keeping Pace in NL Central
The St. Louis Cardinals continue with their fundamental gameplay to keep pace with the Brewers in the NL Central. Even though they are a game and a half behind the Brew Crew, the Cardinals need to continue putting wins on the board in order to keep the pressure on the Brewers. The pitching staff has been the backbone of the Cardinals thus far, but the offense is pulling its weight as well.
Nolan Arenado has been the core of the Cardinals offense, winning the National League Player of the Month for April. Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Tommy Edman need to stay hot while the rest of the lineup pulls themselves out of their early-season struggles. Watch for this team to get extremely hot if they start hitting the ball.
The Cardinals have been the favored team all season long with good reason, but they are just 12-10 on the runline. While that is not a bad record against the runline, There is not a ton of faith in them scoring enough runs to frequently cover the runline at this time.
Royals Struggling to Be a Contender
The Kansas City Royals are struggling to be a true contender in the American League. They have some big-name producers on their roster that are still remnant of their dominance about seven years ago, but their performance as a whole is lacking in ability. Their offense has been the biggest issue, as they are dead last in Runs Scored Per Game where they are averaging only three runs.
Their offense as a whole is struggling to do much of anything. They are in the bottom five of every major offensive category in the MLB. And while their pitching is usually not much better, it is slightly ranked higher than the offense. They have a young pitching staff and wisely, management brought in veteran Zack Greinke to help groom some of the young talents.
Brad Keller will go to the mound, trying to continue his strong performances. Even with an 0-2 start to the season, he is sporting a very respectable 2.19 ERA. The Royals have some decent young talent lining their roster, they just aren’t ready to make a serious run at a title in 2022.
Cardinals vs Royals Head-to-Head
After two games between the I-70 rivals, the Cardinals have taken both games. Both of those games have taken place in St. Louis, but now the series shifts to Kansas City. In 2021, the Cardinals took five of six games from the Royals, including a three-game sweep in Kansas City.
Both games this year have been one-run games, so even though the Royals are struggling, the Cardinals have yet to make easy work of them. The MLB lines are close in this head-to-head match-up.
Cardinals vs Royals Game Information
- Game: Cardinals (13-9) vs City Royals (7-14)
- Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
- Day/Time: Tuesday, May 3rd, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Cardinals vs Royals Live stream: MLB.tv
Cardinals vs Royals Betting Lines
|Team||Run line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|St. Louis Cardinals / D. Hudson -R||-1½ +145||-114||7½-120o||3½-120o / 3½-110u|
|Kansas City Royals / B. Keller -R||+1½ -165||+104||7½-Evu||3½-105o / 3½-125u|
Cardinals vs Royals Prediction
With close scoring games between the two teams in their previous two games, the bookmakers are not giving the greatest odds on this game. The Cardinals have a slim margin as a favorite, but the Royals are only +104 underdogs.
Neither team is a safe bet with covering runlines when the offenses are struggling to score, but the Cardinals are due for a breakout game and have a decent line for the -1 ½ runline at +145. So take a slight risk and pray that the Cardinals offense has a good game to cover the runline.
When you bet online, take the Cardinals -1 ½ runline at +145.