Tyler Lyons (0-0, 5.54 ERA) and Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 5.82 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (40-21) and the Kansas City Royals (34-24) at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 4-0 and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 13 and can be seen on FSN-KC and FSN-MW.
Lyons is making the start in place of the injured Lance Lynn and goes up against a good Kansas City offense which is batting .267 this season. Jhonny Peralta (.323, 30 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4. Guthrie is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA when pitching against the Cardinals. He takes on a quality St. Louis offense which is hitting .262 this season. Eric Hosmer (.300, 33 Rs, 7 HRs, 36 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
St. Louis is a -145 favorite against Kansas City and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Cardinals have recorded an overall money line of +1,579 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 30-11. Against the AL, they have a 2-2 record when they were the favorite and 4-5 SU. The Cardinals have seen a decline in scoring against teams in the AL, averaging 3.0 runs per game. They average 4.0 runs per game on the season. St. Louis is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.1 per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to Busch Stadium have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.52 at home.
In the other locker room, Kansas City is coming in with an overall money line of +918 and an impressive record of 15-10 as the dog. Kansas City is 1-1 as the underdog and 5-2 SU against National League opponents. Offensively, the Royals have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 2.6 during that stretch. The Royals are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 9.8 hits per road game. Kansas City is excellent at not striking out with an AL-low 5.9 per game. Moving on to Kansas City's pitching staff and defense, the The Royals allow just 3.5 runs per game, ranking them second in the AL.
The Cardinals have a great 19-4 record at home (32-14 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Guthrie takes the mound. Lynn (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 24-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
St. Louis won its last game in a shutout, its seventh of the season. Kansas City has been shut out four times this season.
When the Royals play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Cardinals are 5-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Royals are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 28-7. The Royals have a 29-4 record when outhitting opponents.
St. Louis and Kansas City both rank in the bottom half of the league in runs. St. Louis sits at 19th with 244 runs this season and Kansas City ranks 17th with 249.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 120 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 190.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 24-8. When the Royals hit at least one homer, they have a 23-10 record.