Cardinals vs. and at Royals
Monday, June 2, 7:10 PM CDT , Busch Stadium
Danny Duffy, LHP
35.1 IP, 2-5, 3.57 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
Duffy's fifth start was short, just four-plus innings, and he gave up five earned runs for the second straight time. There was talk of a "dead arm" issue by manager Ned Yost although Duffy merely blamed "horrible pitches."
Shelby Miller, RHP
61.2 IP, 6-4, 3.94 ERA, 1.46 WHIP
Tuesday, June 3, 6:15 PM CDT , Busch Stadium
The constant flow of baserunners finally caught up to Miller on Wednesday, when he allowed a career-most seven runs. Limiting walks and home runs would be a good place to start; he also must improve in his ability to hold runners on.
James Shields, RHP
80.1 IP, 6-3, 3.36 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
If Shields made just three mistakes on Thursday, as manager Ned Yost put it, then they cost him dearly. The Blue Jays hammered each of those mistakes for a two-run homers. Shields still has six wins in his last seven decisions.
Jaime Garcia, LHP
19.2 IP, 1-0, 4.12 ERA, 0.81 WHIP
Wednesday, June 4, 7:10 PM CDT , Kauffman Stadium
Garcia allowed a two-run second inning in his last start, but settled down to finish with a seven-inning, three-run quality start. Garcia's biggest trouble was mistakes left over the plate as he allowed two solo homers.
Adam Wainwright, RHP
85.1 IP, 8-3, 2.32 ERA, 0.91 WHIP
In his last start against the Giants on Friday, Wainwright struggled through 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs en route to his shortest start of the season. He still has quality starts in nine of 12 starts and a 2.32 ERA.
Jason Vargas, LHP
77.0 IP, 5-2, 3.39 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
Vargas was at his frustrating best in a 6-1 win on Friday night, forcing the Blue Jays to strand nine runners in his six innings. He was able to pitch inside, keeping them from extending their hands to get a good rip
Thursday, June 5, 7:10 PM CDT , Kauffman Stadium
Michael Wacha, RHP
73.1 IP, 4-3, 2.45 ERA, 1.06 WHIP
In his last start, Wacha tossed six scoreless innings while scattering three hits before being done in by a rain delay. Wacha has quality starts in 10 of his 12 outings this season and hasn't allowed more than three runs in any start.
Yordano Ventura, RHP
57.1 IP, 2-5, 3.45 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
After being skipped in the last turn of the rotation, Ventura returns after nine days of rest. He left his last start in the third inning with lateral elbow discomfort. Tests indicated nothing seriously wrong.