Chris Young (3-0, 0.94 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (26-14) square off against Lance Lynn (3-3, 2.96 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (27-14) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 22 and can be seen on FSN-MW and FSN-KC.
Young is 0-3 with a 3.65 ERA in his appearances against the Cardinals, and goes up against a quality St. Louis offense which is batting .266 this season. Eric Hosmer (.321, 28 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base. Lynn is 0-0 with a 5.84 ERA against the Royals in his career. He takes on a good Kansas City offense that's batting .288. Matt Holliday (.328, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 23 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Kansas City is a slim -112 favorite at home against St. Louis. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Royals have recorded an overall money line of +1,142 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 14-9. Against the NL, they are unbeaten both as the favorite (2-0) and SU (2-0)The Royals are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 130. Kansas City's pitchers put it all together when National League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 0.5 against NL teams, compared to its 3.5 season average.
In games where it is the underdog, St. Louis has a 5-6 record and an overall money line of +1,228. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 5-5 record SU. Offensively, the Cardinals have really sputtered in interleague games. They have decreased their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 3.2 in those contests. The Cardinals allow 3.0 runs per game, but does worse whenever an AL opponent is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 3.5 against teams from the AL.
The Royals have a great 9-4 record at home (16-9 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Lynn takes the mound. Young (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 22-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 11-4, while Kansas City is 12-5.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 12-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 1-9. The Cardinals have a 6-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 29 this season. St. Louis ranks 18th with 34 home runs.
Both Kansas City and St. Louis are tied at first in hits, notching 10.03 per game.
Ranking seventh, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.735). Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .771.
The Cardinals are 10-9 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 12-9 record.