St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 13, 2019, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, MO
St. Louis Cardinals: -1.5 (-120) / Kansas City Royals: 1.5 (+100)
FS-Kansas City, FS-Midwest
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals meet in game one of a mini two game interleague set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to keep the momentum going after completing the sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 11-9 win in Sunday’s series finale. Lane Thomas went 2 for 5 with a home run, a triple and five RBIs while Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs. Dexter Fowler added a home run and two RBIs while Andrew Knizner added an RBI as well to finish off St. Louis’ scoring as a team in the winning effort. Tommy Edman went 3 for 5 and Marcell Ozuna had two hits while Yairo Munoz added a base hit of his own to finish off St. Louis’ offense as a team in the victory. Miles Mikolas allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits while striking out four over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. John Gant got the win in relief to improve to 8-0 on the year while Andrew Miller closed things out for his 4th save of the season. Jack Flaherty will start the opener and is 5-6 with a 3.72 ERA and 150 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s second career start against Kansas City.
The Kansas City Royals will look to pick up some momentum after salvaging a series split with Detroit following a 10-2 triumph in Sunday’s series finale. Jorge Soler had a pair of home runs and a double, going 3 for 3 with five RBIs, while Whit Merrifield had a home run and three RBIs. Hunter Dozier went 3 for 5 with a pair of solo homers to cap off KC’s scoring as a team in the win while Billy Hamilton had a double and Humberto Arteaga added a base hit as well in the victory. Jakob junis got the win to improve to 8-10 on the year after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Glenn Sparkman will start the opener and is 3-7 with a 5.71 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. This will be Sparkman’s first career start against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 series opening matchups while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Kansas City is 1-5 in Sparkman’s last 6 starts and 2-12 in their last 14 interleague home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. St. Louis is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 21-7 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.
This is a steep price for the Cardinals on the road, and Flaherty’s record on the surface would suggest that. However, Flaherty has also thrown back-to-back seven inning shutouts, and has allowed two runs or less in each of his last six starts. Sparkman has pretty much been getting lit up like a Christmas tree all season, giving up four or more earned runs in eight of his last ten starts and 23 runs, 22 earned, in his last four starts spanning 19.2 innings of work. St. Louis also has their eyes set on the postseason and have played themselves back into the wild card race, while the Royals are simply playing out the string and looking forward to next season. I’ll side with the Cardinals here and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll take St. Louis on the RL.