Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015. At 7:15 PM EST.
The (56-36) Kansas City Royals of the American League Central Division will make the trip East to “THE GATEWAY ARCH”. For a makeup game in a Show Me State series. Kansas City takes on the (59-34) St.Louis Cardinals of the NL Central in 2015 Interleague Baseball action. The teams will play at Busch Stadium in St.Louis, Missouri. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Kansas City Royals are looking forward to the series. The Royals are dominating the AL Central. The St.Louis Cardinals are not willing to give up supremacy in the state. The contest could be a preview of the 2015 World Series. The opening betting line has St.Louis as a -140 Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is seven runs for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Kansas City Royals have won three of four and are hosting Pittsburgh on July 22nd. Kansas City is first in the AL Central with a six and a half game lead. Kansas City is 25-19 on the road this season.
*Five different players are leaders in the major offensive categories, showing the balance of the batting order.
*Center Fielder Lorenzo Cain is the leader with a .315 batting average.
*The Kansas City batting order has a .411 slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher, Chris Young leads the rotation with eight victories and has a 3.03 ERA.
*Relief Pitcher, Greg Holland has a staff best twenty-one saves.
*The Kansas City pitching staff has served up seventy-five home runs to the opposition in 2015.
*Kansas City begins a Road Trip on July 27th.
*Notable injury: Left Fielder Alex Gordon is out until early September with a groin strain.
*The betting odds under the total are 8-1-3 the last twelve between the teams.
*Kansas City is 9-3 their last twelve MLB games on Thursday’s.
*The Kansas City Royals are 7-3 their last ten MLB ATS Picks overall, going over the betting odds total four times, staying under the betting odds total five times with a push.
*The Kansas City Royals will send the Right Handed Chris Young. Who is (8-5) with a 3.03 earned run average to the mound for the make-up game? The Princeton University alumni pitched five innings, giving up three hits and two runs his last start on July 17th, a 4-2 road win over the White Sox.
*Bovada.Lv lists the Kansas City Royals at 8/1 to win the 2015 MLB World Series Title.
The 2015 St.Louis Cardinals have also won three of their last four baseball games. St.Louis is playing at the White Sox on July 22nd. St.Louis is on top in the Division. The “RED BIRDS” are 33-12 at home.
*Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has a team-best .299 batting average, fourteen homers, forty-eight RBI’s and 106 hits.
*Third Baseman Matt Carpenter lead the Cardinals with a .362 on base percentage.
*The St.Louis offense has a .392 slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher Carlos Martinez leads the rotation with a 2.51 ERA and has one hundred and fifteen strikeouts.
*Relief Pitcher Trevor Rosenthal leads the staff with twenty-eight saves.
*Notable injury: Center Fielder Jon Jay is out with a sore wrist.
*The Cardinals host Atlanta for three games on July 24th.
*The betting odds under the total are 13-4 St.Louis last seventeen on Thursday’s.
*The Cardinals are 48-15 their last sixty-three baseball games at home.
The St.Louis Cardinals are 5-5 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total seven times and staying under the betting odds total three.
*The Right, Handed John Lackey, who is (8-5) with a 2.90 ERA, will be on the hill. The 6’6″ 235 pound Abilene, Texas native threw seven innings, giving up ten hits and a run. His last start on July 18th, a 12-2 home victory over the Mets.
*The St.Louis Cardinals are 7/1 to win the 2015 MLB World Series Crown.