Kansas City Royals at St. Louis Cardinals - 5/2/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Kansas City Royals at St. Louis Cardinals - 5/2/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

St. Louis Cardinals (12-9) vs Kansas City Royals (7-13)

Game Info: Monday, May 2, 2022 at 1:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Steven Matz (2-1) (6.11) vs Zack Greinke (0-1) (2.86)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -175 / Kansas City Royals +145 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Royal will play the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of their series at Busch Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The Kansas City Royals are 7-13 this season and have lost four of their last five games. Kansas City is coming off of a series loss against the Yankees, where they lost all three games. The Kansas City pitching staff has a 4.63 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .257 opponent batting average this season. The Royals offense has scored 63 runs with a .214 batting average and a .288 on base percentage. Salvador Perez is batting .195 with five home runs and nine RBI’s for the Royals this season. The projected starter for Kansas City is Zack Greinke, who is 0-1 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 22 innings pitched this season.

The St. Louis Cardinals are 12-9 this season and have won three of their last five games. St. Louis is coming off of a series split with Arizona, where both teams won two games. The St. Louis pitching staff has a 3.31 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average. The Cardinals offense has scored 89 runs with a .237 batting average and a .311 on base percentage this season. Nolan Arenado is batting .368 with six home runs and 18 RBI’s for the Cardinals this year. The projected starting pitcher for St. Louis is Steven Matz, who is 2-1 with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP over 17.2 innings pitched this season.

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Kansas City is 4-1 in their last 5 interleague road games and 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games. The over is 3-1-1 in Kansas City’s last 5 games. St. Louis is 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games and 31-13 in their last 44 games. The under is 4-1 in St. Louis’ last 5 Monday games. Kansas City is 7-20 in these two teams last 27 head to head meetings.

Steven Matz comes into this game two good starts and two bad starts in 2022. He is coming off of an outing where he last 4 innings and gave up 4 runs. Matz has managed to go 2-1 so far this season, but has a 6.11 ERA. With this in mind and Greinke on the bump for the Royals, I like Kansas City here.

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