Kansas City Royals (15-33) at St. Louis Cardinals (26-20)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 23, 2018, 1:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -190 / Kansas City Royals +178 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.
The Kansas City Royals have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 6-8. The Royals have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost seven straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Mike Moustakas leads the Royals with 54 hits and 31 RBI while Jon Jay and Whit Merrifield have combined for 106 hits and 28 RBI. Jakob Junis gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be Junis’ first career game against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than two runs. Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with 52 hits and 30 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Pham have combined for 89 hits and 41 RBI. Michael Wacha gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 3.08 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.
The Royals are 2-5 in their last 7 road games, 0-6 in their last 6 Wednesday games and 7-3 in Junis' last 10 starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 41-19 in Wachas last 60 home starts and 7-1 in Wachas last 8 starts. The Royals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 18-7-3 in the last 28 meetings in St. Louis.
The Kansas City Royals haven't won back-to-back games in nearly three weeks and Wacha has been really solid this season, allowing two or less runs in each of his last six starts. At home in 34 innings, Wacha has an ERA of 2.38 with 32 strikeouts and just one allowed homer. Junis has been a rare bright spot for the Royals this season and has allowed two or less runs in six of his nine starts, and he has better numbers on the road than at home. Two consistent pitchers, a quick turnaround, give me the under in this game.