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A pair of geographical rivals from the Show Me State close out their brief interleague set in the Gateway City. The Kansas City Royals play the final game of a two-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday afternoon. Kansas City avoided a sweep at the hands of the Angels as they prevailed 5-1 in the finale of the set on the road Sunday afternoon. St. Louis dropped the rubber game of their three-game interleague series with the Rangers, falling 5-4 in 10 innings Sunday afternoon. The pitching matchup in Tuesday’s series opener saw Homer Bailey take the mound for the Royals against the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 8:15 pm ET.
Kansas City Royals Try for Victory on Getaway Day
Kansas City closes a five-game road trip in this one and they’ll look for a victory. The Royals snapped a four-game slide with the win Sunday: they entered Tuesday in the basement of the AL Central, 15 games behind the Twins. Kansas City got two hits each from Nicky Lopez (run) and Adalberto Mondesi (run) while Hunter Dozier drove in a pair of runs in the win. Danny Duffy (3-1) earned his third straight win as he threw six innings: he allowed one run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts before turning things over to the bullpen.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 20, 2019
Brad Keller gets the call for the Royals in this contest as he logs his 11th start of the year. He comes in 2-5 with a 4.66 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, 37 walks and 42 strikeouts over 58 innings of action this season. Keller took the loss in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Angels. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts in a 5-2 Royals loss. Keller is 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP, 14 walks and 12 strikeouts over 16 innings in his last three starts. Keller has no record with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.50 WHIP, one walk and three strikeouts over two innings in two career outings, both in relief, against the Cardinals. Both of those appearances came at Busch Stadium, giving him a familiarity with the park.
St. Louis Cardinals Battling in Tough NL Central Race
St. Louis entered Tuesday’s opener on a cold streak as they had dropped seven of their previous nine games after falling Sunday. The Cardinals entered Tuesday fourth in the NL Central, four games behind the Cubs in the division race. St. Louis got two hits from Harrison Bader (two runs) and Marcell Ozuna while Paul DeJong drove in three runs in the loss. Jack Flaherty recorded a no-decision as he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over six innings. Jordan Hicks (1-2) took the loss as he allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout over 1.1 innings of work in relief.
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— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 20, 2019
Adam Wainwright takes the hill for the Cardinals as he makes his 10th start of the season in this contest. He comes in 3-4 with a 4.75 ERA, a 1.352 WHIP, 19 walks and 39 strikeouts over 47.1 innings of work this season. Wainwright took the loss in his last start, which came on the road against Atlanta on Thursday. He threw four innings, allowing five runs on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts in a 10-2 Cardinals defeat. Wainwright is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, seven walks and 12 strikeouts over 16 innings in his last three starts. He is 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA, a 1.137 WHIP, 11 walks and 46 strikeouts over 60.2 innings in 11 career appearances, eight starts, against the Royals. Wainwright is 81-44 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.151 WHIP, 249 walks and 887 strikeouts over 1,031.2 innings in 180 career appearances, 149 starts, at Busch Stadium in his career.
- Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter
- Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 opening games of a double-header
- Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter
- Royals are 2-9 in their last 11 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter
- Royals are 1-7 in their last 8 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams have struggled entering the series opener Tuesday night and are in need of a jump start in their momentum. Keller has been good at keeping the ball in the park, allowing only three homers so far this season. Some of that is tempered by the fact that he leads the AL with 37 free passes on the year. The Royals aren’t all that impressive offensively and they are 6-16 on the road this season. St. Louis is in a tailspin but they are much better at home (14-9) than on the road (10-14) this season. Wainwright has sputtered but the Cardinals have enough pop to prevail in this one.
Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals -165
Full-Game Total Pick
Tuesday’s game was rained out, which means that there will be a day-night doubleheader here. It’s unclear whether the teams will deploy their slotted starters from Tuesday’s contest in the first game of the doubleheader or the nightcap. Kansas City has improved offensively this season after some miserable numbers in the last couple of years but their pitching is still a train wreck, ranking 27th in the majors with a 5.19 team ERA. St. Louis is 10th in the majors with 5.06 runs per game but their pitching has been a bit shaky. Can the Cardinals get on track and snap their cold stretch with a win here?
The under is 2-0-2 in the Royals’ last 4 road games, 3-0-1 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record, 7-1 in their last 8 interleague road games vs. a right-handed starter and 22-5 in their last 27 interleague games. St. Louis has seen the under go 7-0-1 in their last 8 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record, 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games and 9-1-1 in their last 11 interleague home games. The under is 17-6-3 in the last 26 meetings in St. Louis: look for this one to fall short of the total as the Royals sputter at the dish.
Prediction: Under 9.5