The cross-state semi-rival St. Louis Cardinals are next up on the docket for the Kansas City Royals. The Cardinals have limped into this split series with a 55-56 record and run the risk of posting their first sub-.500 record since 2007. Of course their Pythagorean record implies a certain degree of bad luck has come their way. It couldn’t happen to a less deserving team.
The game times and pitching matchups are as follows:
- Monday, August 7, 7:15 PM CDT at KC - Carlos Martinez versus Ian Kennedy
- Tuesday, August 8, 7:15 PM CDT at KC - Michael Wacha versus Jason Vargas (L)
- Wednesday, August 9, 7:15 PM CDT at StL - Trevor Cahill versus Mike Leake
- Thursday, August 10, 6:15 PM CDT at StL - Jason Hammel versus Lance Lynn
I-70 Series pitching matchups
|Jason Vargas (L)||21||125.0||92||17.9||34||6.6||3.10||4.09||4.81||4.72||1.9||4.0|
It’s hard to look at the pitchers the Royals drew this series without worrying a bit. Each one has been solid if not spectacular this year. Martinez and Wacha have been there strongest starters this year with Wacha turning things around after a brutally unlucky 2016. Wacha is posting the best strikeout rates of his career. Lynn looks to have put everything back together after missing all of 2016
with a butt injury recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Cardinals position players
|Matt Carpenter (L)||1B/2B||444||14||59||48||2||.246||.379||.439||.354||117||1.3||1.9|
|Kolten Wong (L)||2B||253||1||31||23||3||.289||.381||.404||.331||103||0.7||0.9|
|Greg Garcia (L)||IF||187||2||12||10||2||.232||.346||.316||.302||84||0.3||0.3|
The Cardinals have the 13th-best offensive unit in terms of fWAR with 13.7 wins (the Royals are 19th with 10.8). They’ve slashed .256/.330/.418 with a .321 wOBA and 95 wRC+. Tommy Pham has done nothing but rake this season. Of course, he has a .391 BABIP to thank for much of his success. Paul DeJong has also come out of nowhere to be very good in 58 games, though BABIP (.353) has been a generous mistress to him as well.
How will the Royals fare against the Cardinals?
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Royals take three of four
Cardinals take three of four
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