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Cardinals Go for .500 in Kansas City

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A lot of time has passed since the Cardinals were last .500.  In fact, two whole months have come and gone.  Tonight will be their ninth attempt at .500 since the second of June, as they have gone zero for their last eight.  They will square off with the Kansas City Royals, starting the I-70 series, in which the first two games, of the series, are played in Kansas City, and the final two in St. Louis.  Reaching .500 tonight would be a huge step in the right direction, for the Birds.  They currently sit 3.5 games behind the division leading Cubs.

Tonight’s Matchup

The Cards have the right guy on the mound to get the job done tonight.  Staff ace, Carlos Martinez takes the mound tonight, against Ian Kennedy.  The matchup heavily favors the Cardinals, on paper.  Carlos carries a 3.59 ERA, into this start, as well as 151 strikeouts.  His record does not accurately reflect how well he has pitched this season, at 7-9.  Martinez has pitched eight total innings against Kansas City, one start and one relief appearance, and has not allowed a run.

On the opposing side, Ian Kennedy, a former draft pick of the Cardinals, will toe the rubber for Kansas City.  Kennedy has had a mediocre year, to say the least.  The one time CY Young candidate, has had some very average years, since 2011, and 2017 is no exception.  He will be looking for his first win at Kauffman Stadium, and fifth on the season.  Kennedy has won four games, lost seven, and has a 4.60 ERA, in 20 starts.

St. Louis has hit Kennedy very well, in eight games against him.  In those eight games, Kennedy has a 3-5 record, and a less than impressive 7.20 ERA.  The Redbirds have a .308/.365/.595 slash line, a .348 BABIP, and a 159 tOPS+, off of Kennedy.  That tOPS+ is the highest of any team that Kennedy has faced.

Odds to Reach .500 are in Cards Favor

On paper, the Cardinals have an especially good opportunity to get to that elusive .500 mark, tonight.  However, Kennedy’s numbers have likely came against better Cardinal offenses, and “on paper” does not always work out.  Despite the 13 run outburst that came Sunday, the St. Louis lineup has been very quite lately.  But, this is a good matchup for the offense to continue what they started in the previous game, and a good opportunity for the team to finally get over the hump that is the .500 mark.