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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals Preview and Predictions 08-14-2019 in MLB


The St. Louis Cardinals have put their road troubles behind them as they go for a two-game sweep of the host Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. St. Louis improved to 38-19 all-time at Kauffman Stadium with Tuesday's 2-0 victory that snapped a five-game slide away from home and moved it within one game of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central while maintaining its No. 2 spot in the wild-card race.

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The Cardinals won their third straight game and improved to 18-11 since the All-Star break behind seven sparkling innings from Jack Flaherty while also welcoming back Yadier Molina. The future Hall-of-Fame catcher was in the lineup Tuesday for the first time since prior to the break after recovering from a right thumb tendon sprain. The Royals (43-77) had their modest two-game winning streak snapped as they steamroll toward their second straight 100-loss season. St. Louis' Dakota Hudson and Kansas City's Brad Keller take the mound Wednesday with each winless in his last three starts.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), FS Kansas City

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Dakota Hudson (10-6, 4.01 ERA) vs. Royals RH Brad Keller (7-12, 4.09)

Hudson allowed two runs and six hits in four innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in St. Louis' 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday. The 24-year-old Tennessean lost his previous two starts, yielding eight runs over 7 2/3 frames in setbacks at Oakland on Aug. 3 and to Houston on July 28, after winning four in a row. Hudson permitted one run in two-thirds of an inning of relief last season in his only career appearance against Kansas City.

Keller allowed five runs, 10 hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings of a 5-2 loss at Detroit on Friday. The 24-year-old native of Georgia recorded four quality starts in his previous five outings, going 3-2 with a 2.29 ERA during that span. The Cardinals' active roster is 2-for-22 versus Keller, who held them to two runs, two hits and four walks in seven innings of an 8-2 victory at Busch Stadium on May 22.

WALK-OFFS

1. According to Elias Sports Bureau, St. Louis' .667 winning percentage at Kauffman Stadium matches the highest road success rate between two teams in major-league history (minimum 50 games), joining Houston at Seattle (44-22) and the Boston Braves at Washington Senators (34-17).

2. Kansas City DH Jorge Soler, the reigning American League Player of the Week, went 1-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch Tuesday after going 6-for-11 with four home runs, eight RBIs and five runs over his previous three games.

3. The Cardinals on Tuesday placed RF Jose Martinez on the 10-day injured list with a right AC joint strain. St. Louis purchased the contract of OF Randy Arozarena from Triple-A Memphis and optioned C Andrew Knizner to the Redbirds.

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Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Capacity: 40,052

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Last Injuries

Kansas City Royals

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Mondesi has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a left shoulder subluxation, but he is expected to come off the IL during the start of September.

  • Jesse Hahn

    Elbow
    Late Aug | 60-day IL

    Hahn is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is not expected to return until the latter part of August.

  • Cam Gallagher

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Gallagher has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, and it is uncertain how long he will be out of action.

  • Danny Duffy

    Hamstring
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Duffy is expected to be sidelined until at least the latter part of August while on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Jose Martinez

    Shoulder
    Late Aug | 10-day IL

    Martinez is expected to spend three to four weeks on the 10-day injured list with an AC sprain in his right shoulder.

  • Yadier Molina

    Thumb
    Prob Tues | probable

    Molina has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a strained tendon in his right thumb. It is anticipated that he will be available for Tuesday's game versus the Royals.

  • Matt Carpenter

    Foot
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Carpenter departed the last game due to a foot injury, and it is unclear if he will draw back into the lineup against the Pirates on Friday.

kansas-city-royals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Homer Bailey 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Jorge Bonifacio 5 5 20 3 7 3 0 0 3 10 0 7 0 .350 .500 .381
Whit Merrifield 125 124 523 83 157 33 9 14 63 250 16 93 8 .300 .478 .353
Hunter Dozier 102 102 380 60 110 23 7 22 67 213 2 100 1 .289 .561 .367
Brian Goodwin 101 73 295 48 83 23 2 11 34 143 3 85 2 .281 .485 .338
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Ian Kennedy 48 0 145 57 1 49 2 1 16 0 0 1 12 840
Jake Diekman 48 0 125 63 8 33 3 0 23 0 0 1 23 783
Scott Barlow 43 0 149 67 3 47 6 3 28 0 0 7 27 931
Wily Peralta 42 0 121 24 2 45 7 1 28 0 0 4 19 673
Kevin McCarthy 37 0 120 22 2 51 3 3 25 0 0 0 17 610
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Cam Gallagher 45 36 0 20 5 1 0 1
Meibrys Viloria 17 16 0 4 4 0 0 1
Martin Maldonado 8 7 0 2 9 2 0 1
Adalberto Mondesi 82 82 0 0 0 6 0 0
Alex Gordon 117 115 0 0 0 1 5 0

st-louis-cardinals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
John Brebbia 47 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Ryan Helsley 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Jedd Gyorko 1 1 4 5 2 0 0 2 7 2 2 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Lane Thomas 25 4 30 5 11 0 1 3 11 22 1 7 1 .367 .733 .424
Edmundo Sosa 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Andrew Miller 55 0 121 55 6 31 9 0 21 0 0 1 21 724
John Brebbia 51 0 178 72 3 43 5 1 21 0 0 1 19 969
John Gant 51 0 171 46 0 39 4 0 18 0 0 1 21 897
Giovanny Gallegos 48 0 172 78 3 31 5 2 13 0 0 2 12 868
Tyler Webb 47 0 125 38 2 27 5 3 16 0 0 3 17 677
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yadier Molina 76 72 0 13 7 1 0 3
Matt Wieters 56 39 0 10 8 1 0 2
Andrew Knizner 13 11 0 1 3 0 0 0
Carlos Martinez 26 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dakota Hudson 22 21 0 0 0 2 0 0