St. Louis takes on Kansas City following Flaherty’s strong outing
St. Louis Cardinals (62-55, second in the NL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (43-77, fourth in the NL Central)
Kansas City, Kansas; Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Jack Flaherty. Flaherty pitched seven innings, surrendering zero runs on three hits with seven strikeouts against Kansas City.
The Royals are 23-36 in home games. Kansas City has hit 125 home runs as a team this season. Jorge Soler leads the club with 35, averaging one every 12.4 at-bats.
The Cardinals are 28-32 on the road. The St. Louis pitching staff owns a combined team ERA of 4.05, Adam Wainwright leads the staff with a mark of 4.28. The Cardinals won the last meeting 2-0. Jack Flaherty notched his sixth victory and Tommy Edman went 1-for-4 with an RBI for St. Louis. Glenn Sparkman registered his eighth loss for Kansas City.
TOP PERFORMERS: Soler leads the Royals with 35 home runs and has 87 RBIs. Hunter Dozier is 12-for-41 with two doubles, two triples, six home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Kansas City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 3-7, .217 batting average, 5.12 ERA, outscored by three runs
Cardinals: 5-5, .245 batting average, 3.68 ERA