Results: L, -$240Analysis:
Kansas City at St. Louis
and Jaime Garcia are on the lineup card as the starting pitchers
for Tuesday's I-70 rivalry matchup between the Royals and
Cardinals. Something happened to Shields from April to May. In
April, Shields held opposing batters to a slash line against of
.195/.255/.318. In May, however, hitters teed off to the tune of a
.307/.345/.478 slash and a .361 wOBA. Shields struck out 41 in 40
April innings but just 28 in 40.1 May innings.
As a result,
Shields enters this start very frustrated with his performance. In
his last two starts, Shields has allowed five home runs to the
Angels and Blue Jays and gave up 10 runs on 17 hits. Trade rumors
may be affecting Shields as it seems like a foregone conclusion
that it would be in the Royals' best interest to grab something for
him after losing Wil Myers to acquire him.
likely reason is that Shields is overthrowing right now. He has
pitched at the highest average fastball velocity of the season in
each of his last three starts and that has led to 13 runs on 26
hits. Another contributing factor is that the Royals are slightly
above average defensively after being among the league leaders over
the last few seasons.
should give a poor Royals offense a hard time on Tuesday night. The
Royals entered play on Monday with the 29th-ranked wOBA at .292.
They're among the league's worst against lefties with a .646 OPS.
When Garcia is healthy, he's been a very effective pitcher with a
career ERA of 3.47 and a FIP of 3.40. So far this season, he has 19
strikeouts and zero walks in 19.2 innings.
Shields's recent struggles and his offense going up against a tough
left-hander, the Cardinals look like a solid play for Tuesday
Pick Made: Jun 3 2014 5:58AM PST