In the second of a two-game series between the Kansas City Royals (40-35) and the St. Louis Cardinals (39-36) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Yordano Ventura (6-4, 4.54 ERA) and Michael Wacha (3-7, 4.41 ERA) get the start. The Royals won the last game 6-2, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 28 and will air on FSKC and FSMW.
In his last start, Ventura pitched 6.1 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out five in a 10-3 victory over the Tigers. Eric Hosmer (.310, 42 Rs, 12 HRs, 48 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs and two RBIs. The Cardinals were victorious over the Cubs 7-2 the last time Wacha pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two.
The Royals are a slight -110 favorite in the battle of Missouri with a total of 8.5.
Pick - Stl
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 22-16, while Kansas City is 15-17.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Royals have a 13-15 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 33-12. The Cardinals have a 31-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Kansas City has earned 307 this season. St. Louis ranks fourth with 394 runs.
Ranking 15th, Kansas City is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.742). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .788.
The Cardinals are 20-26 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 25-27 record.