Danny Duffy (2-1, 3.38 ERA) and Adam Wainwright (6-4, 4.73 ERA) start in the first of a two-game series between the Kansas City Royals (39-35) and the St. Louis Cardinals (39-35) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 27 and can be seen on FSKC and FSMW.
Duffy pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking four in a 4-3 defeat to the Mets. Eric Hosmer (.310, 40 Rs, 12 HRs, 46 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Wainwright went 6.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 4-3 win over the Cubs in his last outing. Brandon Moss (.257, 37 Rs, 16 HRs, 37 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The Royals are a -115 favorite for this interleague battle of Missouri with a total of 8.5 runs.
Pick - Stl
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 22-16, while Kansas City is 15-17.
The Cardinals are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Royals have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Royals are 32-12. The Cardinals have a 31-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Kansas City has earned 301 this season. St. Louis ranks third with 392 runs.
Ranking 15th, Kansas City is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.743). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .790.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 20-26, well-matched with the Royals who are 24-27 when allowing at least one homer.