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The Cardinals and Royals just finished up two games at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, where the two teams each picked up a win. Now, the clubs are in St. Louis for a pair of meetings at Busch Stadium.
In the first game of the 1-70 Series at Busch Stadium, Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals. Over his last five starts, including his most recent outing in Seattle against the Mariners — Martinez has an earned run average of 1.24. Opposing him for Kansas City will be Edinson Volquez, who did not fare well at all in his last start. In one inning of work, Volquez surrendered eleven earned runs to the Astros.
The fourth and final game of a two-venue series, Mike Leake will toe the rubber for St. Louis. Leake suffered a loss in his last start, one where he failed to escape the fourth inning against the Mariners. Hurling for the Royals is slated to be Chris Young. Young, much like Volquez, had a rough time in his last outing. Young went 2.1 innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits and four walks to the Astros.
Over his last seven games. Royals’ designated hitter Kendrys Morales is slashing .458/.500/.750 with two homers and five RBIs. Since the series has switched over to a stadium in the National League, the designated hitter has been lifted, leaving Morales out of his primary job. Morales has appeared in two games this season, so it’ll be interesting to see if his recent hot streak will lead to that number growing.
Matt Carpenter has 20 hits in 53 at-bats over his last fifteen games for the Cardinals. In that span, Carpenter has been an on-base machine; his on-base percentage is .522. In the same time frame, Carpenter has smashed five home runs and driven in ten runs.