Austin Gomber (0-1, 2.37 ERA) vs. Brady Singer (3-4, 4.14 ERA)
The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will meet again at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night after a disappointing effort by the Cardinals. A solid Adam Wainwright performance went to waste last night, as he had a 1 hitter going for most of his time on the bump.
Despite the nice effort, Wainwright had only a 1-run lead to work with, and the Royals were finally able to get to him in the 5th and 6th. The Royals tied the game up in the bottom of the 5th, and then 2 more runs in the 6th to chase Wainwright out of the contest. Wainwright couldn’t navigate through those innings, but the loss wasn’t on him.
The offense was unable to offer much help. Rookie Carlos Hernandez pitched a solid game, as he conceded 4 hits and 1 earned runs in 3.2 innings of work. The bullpen was even better for the Royals. They held the Cardinals to just 2 hits and no runs through the rest of the game. The Cardinals are in the midst of a postseason race.
They can’t have lapses like that against an inferior opponent like the Royals. That was a winnable spot and they didn’t take advantage. With the loss, the Cardinals regressed to 26-25 on the season. They are currently in possession of the sixth seed in the National League. The Brewers are the first team out of the playoffs with a record of 26-27. Following two more games against the Royals, the Brewers will play five games against the Cards, which includes a double-header on Friday.
Fortunately they get both of those games at Busch Stadium at St. Louis, but a couple of more losses on the road in Kansas City, and they’re going to put a lot of pressure on themselves back home in the final series of the year.
Austin Gomber will get the starting duties for the Cardinals tonight, while rookie Brady Singer, who has been on fire recently, is expected to get the nod for the Royals. Head below for our free St. Louis Cardinals vs. KC Royals pick for September 22, 2020.
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Brady Singer has been in good form in his last two starts. He was able to bring his ERA down to a 4.14 from a 5.58 due to a couple of solid performances versus the Indians and Tigers. Singer conceded just 3 hits and no earned runs through 14 innings of work in two games. This was after he got rocked for 10 hits and 5 earned runs against the White Sox.
Singer gave up at least 3 earned runs in three straight starts before settling in against the Indians and Tigers. He’s pitching like most rookies do in the major leagues. Some really good spots mixed in with the bad. I believe that Singer will ultimately develop into a fine pitcher for the Royals. Expect to see a lot out of him in 2021.
His effort on the road has been better than at home. Singer hasn’t been able to experience much joy at Kauffman Stadium yet. He owns an ERA of 3.18 and 1.01 WHIP on the road versus a 6.75 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in three games in Kansas City. Singer has conceded a .339 batting average in 14.2 innings at Kauffman in 2020. Don’t expect the same from his next season. In his second season, he’ll likely experience some more consistency.
Austin Gomber has spent most of his year operating out of the bullpen. He’s made ten appearances as a reliever and two as a starter in 2020. Gomber recently took over for Dakota Hudson in the rotation after Hudson was injured. In two starts, Gomber has allowed no runs through 5.2 innings of ball.
However, he was dinged in his most recent outing as a reliever on September 17. Gomber was tagged for 4 hits and 4 earned runs through 1.2 innings. Nevertheless, that’s been the only rough outing for Gomber this season. He had an ERA of 0.52 going into that game. The 26-year-old sophomore has been sharp otherwise. I will side with the Cardinals to bounce back after a porous showing at the plate last night.