June 30: Royals @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (40-37, -11. in NL Central), Royals (41-36, -6.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 6:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Kolten Wong (CF), Matt Holliday (LF), Brandon Moss (RF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (3B), Brayan Pena (C), Greg Garcia (SS), Mike Leake (RHP)

Royals lineup: Alex Gordon (LF), Whit Merrifield (2B), Kendrys Morales (RF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Christian Colon (3B), Alcides Escobar (SS), Jarrod Dyson (CF), Chris Young (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to the Royals on Wednesday (link)
  • Stephen Piscotty nurses a bruised left ankle after getting hit on it twice in Wednesday’s game (link)
  • Yadier Molina looking for a late push in the All-Star Game voting (link)
  • Cardinals bullpen still trying to settle as various roles are in flux (link)
  • Yadier Molina unveils clothing line, which will  be sold at Busch Stadium (link)

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Not a good sign. Pena already has a throwing error in his first appearance back. Better not let Fryer get away. Eric’s proven he has a great arm, plus a .348 BA too.
And exactly as I mentioned before about base-running? Wong (too?) aggressively tried to steal 2B…but wasn’t successful. Geez…just don’t risk it, OK?

MLB TV screwed up and I couldn’t view after top of third. But it was a dud from the start once they let those 3 walks go for nothing int he first. Why was Wong running and why did Holiday swing when Young couldn’t find the plate at all. Discouraging trend of home losses; hope it doesn’t dampen fan support too much.

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