St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals Preview 6/27/08

MLB Betting Preview

St. Louis Cardinals (45-35) at Kansas City Royals (36-43)
Friday, 8:10 pm Eastern


SBG Global Opening Line: Royals - 120, Total 8.5 Over -120

The St. Louis Cardinals will look for revenge this weekend as they play the Kansas City Royals. Last week the Royals swept the Cardinals in St. Louis and now the Royals are red-hot, having won 10 of their last 11 games overall. They are 12-3 in Interleague play this season. “That’s a step, no doubt,” Royals manager Trey Hillman said. “Sometimes, you’d like to take large giant steps, but we dug ourselves such a big hole that we’re going to have to get back in it with baby steps.” SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Royals at Home.

The Royals go with Gil Meche in the opening game of the series on Friday. He is 5-8 with a 4.91 ERA. He has pitched well of late with a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts. He has only faced the Cardinals once in his career and gave up four runs in an extra inning loss last year.

The Cardinals got Albert Pujols back into the lineup yesterday after he missed 13 games with a calf injury. He went 4-4 in his first game back. He has owned the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, hitting .398 with 8 home runs and 24 RBIs. The Cardinals lost in extra innings on Thursday and have lost three of their last four. Joel Pineiro goes on Friday. Pineiro has pitched well of late, giving up only three runs in his last 14 innings. He is 4-1 in his career against the Royals with a 3.12 ERA.

SBG Global Current Line: Royals - 120, Total 8.5 Over -120

Here are the MLB betting stats for Friday’s game. The Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cardinals are 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. the American League Central. The Cardinals are 0-5 in Pineiro’s last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 11-3 in the last 14 meetings in Kansas City.

The Royals are 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The Royals are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. the National League Central. The Royals are 10-1 in their last 11 overall. The Royals are 9-1 in their last 10 Interleague games vs. a right-handed starter. The Royals are 13-3 in their last 16 Interleague games.

The Royals are 2-6 in Meche’s last 8 home starts.

The Over is 12-3-4 in the Cardinals last 19 Interleague games as an underdog. The Over is 15-6-3 in the Cardinals last 24 Interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.

The Under is 4-0 in Pineiro’s last 4 starts overall. The Under is 4-1-1 in Pineiro’s last 6 road starts.

The Under is 5-0 in the Royals last 5 vs. the National League Central. The Over is 5-1 in the Royals last 6 games as a home favorite. The Under is 5-2 in the Royals last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 4-1 in Meche’s last 5 home starts. The Over is 7-1-2 in the last 10 meetings in Kansas City between the two teams.

Pick: Royals 3units