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MLB : ATS Matchup
Monday 5/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
KANSAS CITY  KENNEDY )
 
ST LOUIS  MIKOLAS )
+1.5  -120

-1.5  +100
+182

-195

8.5ov
 
0
Final
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KANSAS CITY (14 - 32) at ST LOUIS (25 - 19)
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Monday, 5/21/2018 8:15 PM
IAN KENNEDY (R) vs. MILES MIKOLAS (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
967KANSAS CITY+185Ov 8.5,-120+182Ov 8.5,-115
968ST LOUIS-200Un 8.5,+100-195Un 8.5,-105
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games14-32-14.419-254.00.2550.3130.3770.6905.80.2830.3400.4600.801
Road Games7-14-210-104.30.2650.3180.3980.7166.40.2770.3430.4550.798
vs Right-handed Starters5-23-1712-143.70.2550.3100.3740.6856.40.2940.3570.4990.856
Past 7 Games1-6-4.54-32.90.2330.2900.3170.6076.30.3120.3600.5300.890
Grass Games14-29-11.417-254.00.2550.3140.3700.6845.50.2790.3340.4540.789
Night Games8-16-5.111-114.70.2670.3330.3980.7315.40.2750.3260.4530.779
Interleague0-2-20-22.00.2060.2750.3490.6255.50.2900.3550.4060.761
KANSAS CITY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.00.2550.313461579403734370.3771701343261832757183614
Road Games4.30.2650.31821751199302220.398875815671532913137
Righty Starters3.70.2550.31028972248462220.3749978187102053492311
KANSAS CITY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games5.471.540151.31029217224611106-911761.1%
Road Games6.191.704645244781031473-46460%

ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games25-19+1.418-234.50.2360.3130.3840.6963.80.2400.3100.3520.662
Home Games14-9+1.39-124.30.2380.3150.3770.6933.70.2260.2910.3330.623
vs Right-handed Starters17-15-2.113-164.30.2400.3050.3860.6914.00.2320.3070.3500.657
Past 7 Games3-4-1.63-45.10.2680.3310.4090.7394.60.2350.3070.3700.677
Grass Games25-19+1.418-234.50.2360.3130.3840.6963.80.2400.3100.3520.662
Night Games13-10+0.59-134.60.2420.3270.3910.7183.60.2380.3060.3480.654
Interleague3-3-11-42.50.1810.2530.3160.5694.30.2600.3240.3500.674
ST LOUIS - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.50.2360.313441491352572530.3841871663892030440314113
Home Games4.30.2380.31523766182331240.3779487184101602514207
Righty Starters4.30.2400.305321081259440380.3861321022801220727233012
ST LOUIS - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games4.101.380158757215219661467-811761.1%
Home Games3.541.21686.33534731032736-45455.6%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
KANSAS CITY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/8/2018DUFFY(L)@ BALTIMOREBUNDY(R)15-7W1458.5 evO206014110
5/9/2018SKOGLUND(L)@ BALTIMORECASHNER(R)3-5L1259.5 ovU870951
5/10/2018KENNEDY(R)@ BALTIMORETILLMAN(R)6-11L-10510.5 evO10701451
5/11/2018HAMMEL(R)@ CLEVELANDBAUER(R)10-9W2208.5 ovO15100852
5/12/2018JUNIS(R)@ CLEVELANDCLEVINGER(R)2-6L1828.5 evU841960
5/13/2018DUFFY(L)@ CLEVELANDKLUBER(R)2-11L2308 unO98015102
5/14/2018SKOGLUND(L)TAMPA BAYYARBROUGH(L)1-2L-1059.5 evU660830
5/15/2018KENNEDY(R)TAMPA BAYBANDA(L)5-6L-1059.5 unO11501070
5/16/2018HAMMEL(R)TAMPA BAYFARIA(R)3-5L+1009.5 unU8901061
5/18/2018JUNIS(R)NY YANKEESSABATHIA(L)5-2W+1609.5 unU670881
5/19/2018DUFFY(L)NY YANKEESSEVERINO(R)3-8L+2208.5 unO9601470
5/20/2018SKOGLUND(L)NY YANKEESGRAY(R)1-10L+1559 ovO4401480
5/21/2018KENNEDY(R)@ ST LOUISMIKOLAS(R) 
5/22/2018HAMMEL(R)@ ST LOUISWEAVER(R) 
5/23/2018JUNIS(R)@ ST LOUISWACHA(R) 
5/24/2018DUFFY(L)@ TEXASHAMELS(L) 
5/25/2018SKOGLUND(L)@ TEXASMINOR(L) 
5/26/2018 @ TEXAS  
5/27/2018 @ TEXAS  
5/28/2018 MINNESOTA  

ST LOUIS - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/7/2018GANT(R)MINNESOTAROMERO(R)0-6L-1308.5 evU4701180
5/8/2018MARTINEZ(R)MINNESOTAODORIZZI(R)1-7L-1658 ovP2231080
5/10/2018MIKOLAS(R)@ SAN DIEGOLYLES(R)2-1W-1407.5 evU850540
5/11/2018WEAVER(R)@ SAN DIEGOLAUER(L)9-5W-1408 unO13801191
5/12/2018WACHA(R)@ SAN DIEGOROSS(R)1-2L-1107.5 unU9122790
5/13/2018WAINWRIGHT(R)@ SAN DIEGORICHARD(L)3-5L-1208.5 unU651880
5/15/2018FLAHERTY(R)@ MINNESOTABERRIOS(R)1-4L1059 ovU231950
5/16/2018MIKOLAS(R)@ MINNESOTALYNN(R)7-5W-1059.5 evO131011070
5/17/2018WEAVER(R)PHILADELPHIAVELASQUEZ(R)2-6L-1358.5 unU101101170
5/18/2018WACHA(R)PHILADELPHIAARRIETA(R)12-4W-1157.5 ovO1570753
5/19/2018GANT(R)PHILADELPHIAEFLIN(R)6-7L-1159.5 unO752762
5/20/2018FLAHERTY(R)PHILADELPHIANOLA(R)5-1W+1108 evU1060241
5/21/2018MIKOLAS(R)KANSAS CITYKENNEDY(R) 
5/22/2018WEAVER(R)KANSAS CITYHAMMEL(R) 
5/23/2018WACHA(R)KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R) 
5/25/2018 @ PITTSBURGH  
5/26/2018 @ PITTSBURGH  
5/27/2018 @ PITTSBURGH  
5/28/2018 @ MILWAUKEE  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
KANSAS CITY: 2017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Ned Yost (ninth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Jesse Hahn, CF Jon Jay, 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Justin Grimm.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Mike Minor, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Scott Alexander, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill.
OUTLOOK: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals' top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar finding little market, both returned to Kansas City with prove-it contracts. That gives the Royals a fighting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders. They would do well to match the 80 wins they had last season, and could be a big seller at the July 31 trade deadline, which would allow them to replenish a shallow farm system and begin their rebuilding job in earnest.
ST LOUIS: 2017 83-79, third place
MANAGER Mike Matheny (seventh season)
ADDITIONS: LF Marcell Ozuna, RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Bud Norris, INF-OF Yairo Munoz
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, OF Stephen Piscotty, OF Randal Grichuk, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, RHP Juan Nicasio, SS Aledmys Diaz, RHP Trevor Rosenthal
OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have had one losing season since the start of the century, but they are facing immense pressure from fans after finishing behind the Cubs and Brewers in 2017. St. Louis missed the playoffs for a second consecutive year, the first time that's happened since 2007-2008. For the Cardinals to snap that postseason "drought," they'll need bounce-back seasons from several players -- including a healthy Wainwright on the mound and Carpenter at the plate. Few expect the Cardinals to cede the NL Central title to Chicago for a third consecutive year without putting up a fight, but St. Louis will need Ozuna and Pham to produce as expected. If they do, and the Cardinals can bring along their reworked pitching staff, the potential for a return to the playoffs is there.
PREVIEW
Royals' pitchers struggle heading into series with Cardinals
 

Kansas City Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy, who starts Monday night's series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, enters the game 1-4 with a 4.98 ERA.

That makes him Kansas City's second-best starter in terms of ERA. It helps explain why the Royals are 14-32 in the American League Central, the majors' weakest division, with the second-worst run differential in baseball at minus-86.

Three of Kansas City's starters sport ERAs of more than 6.00, including Danny Duffy, who at times during his career has looked like one of the best left-handers in the AL.

"Sometimes, you're not special at something," he said to mlb.com after absorbing an 8-3 loss Saturday night to the New York Yankees. "Right now, I'm not special at pitching. What are you going to do? Run from it with some phantom DL (stuff)? I feel great."

Jake Junis is the only starter who has posted decent stats at 5-3 with a 3.51 ERA. Add to it a team that's still trying to find its way without longtime staples Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, who left for San Diego and Milwaukee in free agency, and what one has is a worst-case scenario.

Pitching against the Cardinals (25-19) has rarely represented anything but a worst-case situation for Kennedy. In nine career starts covering 51 innings, Kennedy is 3-6 with a 7.41 ERA, allowing a whopping 11 homers.

His last start was Tuesday night when he yielded five runs, seven hits and three walks in a six-inning stint against Tampa Bay. Kennedy fanned six and settled for a no-decision in a 6-5 loss. It was the fourth time in six outings he allowed at least four runs.

While Kennedy has been struggling, St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.63) has been excelling. Although he lasted just 4 2/3 innings Wednesday and wasn't able to collect the win in his team's 7-5 victory at Minnesota, Mikolas has been a revelation in his first MLB season after a three-year tour in Japan.

Pinpointing three pitches for strikes at will, Mikolas has issued just five walks in eight starts, covering 51 1/3 innings. Mikolas, who will make his first career appearance against Kansas City, has ceded two runs or less in seven of his eight starts.

The Cardinals are coming off a split of a four-game series against Philadelphia, winning Sunday's series finale 5-1 as rookie Jack Flaherty secured his first big league win with a dominant outing. The right-hander whiffed 13 hitters in 7 2/3 innings and 120 pitches, yielding only two hits and a run.

Flaherty's outing was even more impressive when one considers that St. Louis' bullpen was thin after being taxed heavily in the series' first three games, and that his previous career high for innings in an MLB start was six.

"What Jack pulled off was one of the best starts we've seen in a long time," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "We needed it as a club all the way around."


Last Updated: 12/17/2018 10:21:24 AM EST


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