Free MLB Picks Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals 5/30/23

Free MLB Picks Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Kansas City Royals 5/30/23
Tue 30th May 2023

The Kansas City Royals (17-38) are on the road to face the St. Louis Cardinals (24-32) at Busch Stadium on Tuesday with the visitors eyeing a sweep of the two-game Interleague series. The Royals took Monday’s series opener 7-0.

Mike Mayers got the win with six scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Michael Massey was 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs in the win. Nicky Lopez went 4 for 5 with one run. Nolan Arenado went 1 for 3 for the Cardinals.

ON THE MOUND

Zack Greinke (1-5, 4.55 ERA) is in line for the start for Kansas City. The right-hander allowed one run over five innings in his last start, a 6-4 road defeat against the Tigers on Wednesday. He scattered four hits while striking out five and walking one in the no-decision.

Greinke is making his first appearance against the Cardinals this season. Greinke made one start against the Cardinals in 2022, a 1-0 road loss on May 2. He surrendered one run on three hits over six innings, striking out one.

For St. Louis, RHP Miles Mikolas (3-1, 4.23 ERA) will toe the rubber. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Royals. In his last start on Thursday, Mikolas got the win on the road against the Reds. He threw seven scoreless innings and gave up five hits, striking out five, in the 2-1 triumph.

AT THE PLATE

Over the last five games, Kansas City has averaged 5.2 runs a game, up from their season average of 4.0, while performing better across the board (.280/.338/.462).

Against righties like Mikolas this season, the Royals have a .655 OPS, third lowest in the league. Salvador Perez is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .910 OPS in 143 at-bats.

St. Louis is averaging only 2.0 runs per game in the last five, down from 4.8 for the season, with their slash line falling across the board (.165/.241/.285).

The Cards have a .758 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .950 OPS over 153 at-bats, Paul Goldschmidt has been their best hitter against right-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Kansas City is 9-17 away from Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in 2023, scoring 3.6 runs per game while allowing 4.6 runs. St. Louis has gone 11-16 at home this season, averaging 5.6 runs per game while surrendering 5.1.

In the last 10 games between the teams at Busch Stadium, St. Louis is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 5.0-3.8.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Royals are fifth in the AL Central, 11 games behind the division-leading Twins. The Cardinals are fourth in the NL Central, five games behind the Brewers.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

St.Louis Cardinals (-190)

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