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Kansas City Royals’ Jason Hammel (5-9, 4.73 ERA) has only allowed three runs or fewer in his last six starts but he lost his last game against the Seattle Mariners. On the other hand, St. Louis Cardinals’ Lance Lynn (10-6, 3.12 ERA) got a win in his last game versus the Cincinnati Reds to extend his winning streak to four while he’s only allowed two runs or fewer in his last six starts. The two are set to face each other at the Cardinals’ home field, Busch Stadium.
Jason Hammel, Photo Credit: MLB
Hammel had a quality start in a loss against the Mariners; he gave up three runs on six hits while he struck out three batters in 6.1 innings. He is 1-2 with a 3.89 ERA in his last six starts while he’s gotten a 2-4 record with a 4.86 ERA on the road. However, he hasn’t performed well against the Cardinals with a 4-6 standing and a 5.68 ERA.
Lance Lynn, Photo Credit: MLB
Lynn also had a quality start in a win against the Reds; he only allowed one homer on three hits while he got four batters struck out in six frames. While he has four wins and two no decisions with a 1.21 ERA in his last six starts. Plus, he is 5-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 starts at home. However, he’s winless with a 6.38 ERA in three career starts versus the Royals.
St. Louis Cardinals vs Hammel, Photo Credit: MLB
Yadier Molina, Photo Credit: MLB
Out of the Cardinals’ batting lineup, Yadier Molina is one of the batters who’s done well against Hammel; he’s gotten four runs and 5 RBI on 10 hits with a .417/.462/.667 stat line and a 1.128 OPS in 24 at bats versus the Royals’ starter throughout his career.
Kansas City Royals vs Lynn, Photo Credit: MLB
Alex Gordon, Photo Credit: MLB
While the Royals have Alex Gordon who’s gotten one run on six hits with a .600/.600/.700 line and a 1.300 OPS in 10 at bats against Lynn. However, he’s having career-lows in all of his statistics this year with a .197/.286/.294 stat line and a .580 OPS.
Both starting pitchers could continue to play consistently in their matchup but Lynn has been simply better as of late. However, this could be a low scoring game since their teams are on the bottom half of the MLB in runs with the Cardinals on 20th (496) and the Royals on 23rd (481).
Projected Winner: St. Louis Cardinals