Games at Kauffman Stadium have felt like home contests for the St. Louis Cardinals over the years, but the Kansas City Royals have reclaimed their home-field advantage in the I-70 Series. The Royals look to add to their major league-best 27-10 home record and lock down a series victory over the visiting Cardinals on Tuesday.
Kansas City claimed a 6-2 victory in Monday’s series opener, handing the Cardinals their third loss in their last four road games. St. Louis is 24-15 on the road and had won eight straight away from home before dropping two of three at Seattle over the weekend. Kansas City right-hander Yordano Ventura looks to remain unbeaten at home, where he is 4-0 with a 3.75 ERA in six starts this season. Rookie infielder Whit Merrifield also aims to continue his stellar performance at Kauffman Stadium, where he has hit safely in all 18 career games – the third-longest home hitting streak to begin a career since 1913, trailing Rocco Baldelli (20 games, 2003) and Albert Pujols (19 games, 2001).
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), FSN Kansas City
Cardinals – 1B M. Adams (Questionable Tuesday, back), SS A. Diaz (Questionable Tuesday, face), C B. Pena (Probable Tuesday, knee).
Royals – SP Y. Ventura (Eligible Tuesday, suspension).
WEATHER REPORT: The weather forecast is calling for perfect conditions this evening for the Game 2 of the I-70 series in Kansas City. Clear skies (a few clouds moving in late in the game), game time temperatures in the upper 80’s, and a light 3-5 mph breeze blowing in from center field. Looks like beer drinking weather!
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (3-7, 4.41 ERA) vs. Royals RH Yordano Ventura (6-4, 4.54)
Wacha snapped a 10-start winless streak last time out, beating the Cubs on the road for his first win since April 23. The 24-year-old allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings for his third straight quality start and his fourth in five outings. Wacha is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts against the Royals and allowed just one unearned run to beat them last season.
Ventura makes his first start since June 17 following an eight-game suspension. The break came at an unfortunate time for the 25-year-old, who was dominant in his previous two outings, allowing one run over 13 1/3 innings while compiling 15 strikeouts in back-to-back wins. Ventura is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals.
* Cardinals are 1-8 in their last 9 interleague games.
* Cardinals are 6-0 in Wacha’s last 6 starts with 5 days of rest.
* Royals are 12-3 in their last 15 games following a win.
* Royals are 0-6 in Ventura’s last 6 interleague starts.
* Over is 8-1 in Wachas last 9 starts after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
* Under is 5-0-2 in Royals last 7 vs. National League Central.
* Under is 8-1-5 in the last 14 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: The Royals are the home favorites tonight and are grabbing 52 percent of the action on Covers. Under 8.5 is picking up 54 percent of the totals wagers. View full consensus data here.