The St. Louis Cardinals conclude a three-game interleague series on the road Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. St.Louis is 59-56 following a 6-0 victory over the Royals in the opening game of the series on Friday. Jack Flaherty pitched six shutout innings in his return from an injury to help lead the Cardinals to the victory. St Louis has won four straight, six of the last seven and the Cardinals are third in the National League Central, but 10 ½ games behind first place Milwaukee.
Paul Goldschmidt is batting .274 to lead St Louis and the first baseman has team highs in hits with 119 and on-base percentage at .344. Third baseman Nolan Arenado is the leader in home runs with 23 and RBIs with 71. On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals will send J.A. Happ to the mound. The left-hander is 6-6 with an ERA of 6.34, 86 Ks and 34 BBs.
Kansas City dropped to 49-65 following its shutout loss to the St Louis Cardinals on Friday. The Royals have lost two straight and five of the last seven. Kansas City is last in the American League Central 18 games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox. The Royals’ struggles on the mound continue as Kansas City is 26th in baseball in team ERA at 4.90.
Salvador Perez is batting .278 to lead Kansas City and the catcher has team highs in home runs with 29 and RBIs with 73. Right fielder Whit Merrifield is the leader in hits with 123 and first baseman Carlos Santana has a team high .335 on-base percentage. On Sunday, the Kansas City Royals will send Kris Bubic to the mound. The left-hander is 3-5 with an ERA of 4.43, 72 Ks and 43 BBs.