Edinson Volquez (4-3, 2.77 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (28-14) square off against Michael Wacha (6-0, 2.13 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (27-16) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 3-2, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and can be seen on FSN-MW, FSN-KC and MLB Net.
Volquez is 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA in his appearances against the Cardinals, and goes up against a quality St. Louis offense which is batting .265 this season. Eric Hosmer (.313, 29 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Wacha is 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA when pitching against the Royals. He takes on a good Kansas City offense which is hitting .289 this season. Matt Carpenter (.323, 29 Rs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Kansas City and St. Louis are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs. Against the NL, the Royals have a 3-0 record SU. The Royals are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 136. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Kansas City. The Royals are the top team when it comes to pitching, allowing a league-low 2.8 runs per home game. The Royals are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.18 so far this season.
St. Louis is 3-4 SU against teams in the AL. Offensively, the Cardinals have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.3 runs per game by averaging 3.1 during that stretch. The Cardinals allow 3.1 runs per game, but does worse whenever an AL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 3.7 against teams from the AL.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Royals have a great 10-4 record at home (17-9 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Wacha takes the mound. Volquez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 22-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Cardinals lost by a margin of one run. The Royals are 5-3 in one-run games. The Cardinals have a 7-8 record in close games.
When the Royals play into extra innings, they have a 3-0 record. The Cardinals are 4-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have an 18-12 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 1-9. The Cardinals have a 6-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Kansas City ranks 24th with 32 homers and St. Louis is 21st with 34.
Kansas City ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 10.05 per game this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 9.31.
Ranking ninth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.730). Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .775.
The Cardinals are 10-11 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Royals are 12-9 when they allow at least one homer.