Royals vs. Cardinals MLB Pick – May 22nd

The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals will play a double-header Wednesday after getting rained out Tuesday. The series opener gets pushed back to Wednesday afternoon, while a second game will happen in the evening hours. Brad Keller and Michael Wacha are expected to get the early start, while Homer Bailey and Adam Wainwright will settle in as the starters at night.

The Cardinals were excited to get home yesterday after a long and unsuccessful road trip. St. Louis were losers in four of six games, as they dropped two of three against the Braves and Rangers. The Cardinals haven’t been home since a 10-6 loss against the Pirates, so even at home, not much has been going their way recently.

Dating back to May 9th, the Cards are 3-7 in their last ten games. Previously right there near the top of the AL Central, the Cardinals are now 4th in the division with a record of 24-23. They currently trail the Cubs by 4.5 games, with the Pirates and Brewers ahead of them as well.

It isn’t a bad thing to get road trips out of the way early in the season, though. When it’s late in the season and it is time to be clutch, playing a majority of games at home definitely helps. That said, it’s going to be difficult for the Cardinals in a competitive division.

It’s not going to matter where they play. The Cubs and Brewers are very good teams who they may not be able to overcome. Note that the Royals are 3-7 in their last ten games as well. That’s to be expected with the Royals, however. Rebuilding season is in full swing for Royals, so losing is in the cards all season long for them. We’ll see if they can find a win or two on Wednesday, though. Head below for our free Royals vs. Cardinals pick in Game 2 of a Wednesday double-header in St. Louis.

K.C. Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick *Game 2:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Cardinals -165/Royals +140
  • O/U: 9.5

Pitching Matchup:

  • Homer Bailey (4-4, 5.36 ERA)
  • Adam Wainwright (3-4, 4.75 ERA)

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By Homer Bailey standards, the 12-year veteran is having an okay season. With his current numbers, he is set to surpass what he’s done the last three seasons in Cincinnati. That of course isn’t saying much, as Bailey routinely was a punching bag for anyone who wanted to step up to the dish.

The most amazing thing about him at this point is that he’s managed to find a job in 2019. Certainly, after getting torched for three straight years following an injury in 2015, his career looked like it was on the chopping block. However, there is still a market out there for guys like Bailey. Rebuilding clubs who want a cheap option to fill out their rotation in the meantime. Success has been difficult to find again this season for Homer, but he’s been fulfilling his role on the club as a filler.

Bailey enters this evening with an ERA of 5.36 with a 1.46 WHIP in 2019. He hasn’t finished with an ERA below 6.00 the last three years, so I suppose he can look at that as an improvement? He has gotten hammered against this lineup, though, so I don’t foresee any improvements for him in this one.

In 208 at-bats, the Cards are hitting .361 with a .401 OBP against Bailey. Also, they’ve connected for 10 home runs during that time. It’s an ample sample size which has shown that the Cards have had full control over him.

Wainwright hasn’t been excellent this season or anything, but he has been quite good in St. Louis this year. He hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a start here and has posted a 2.45 ERA and 1.18 WHIP as opposed to a 6.75 ERA on the road. Look for the Cardinals to take out their frustration out on Homer Bailey, as they get out of Wednesday with at least one win.

The Bet
CARDINALS
Kyle E / Author

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