Royals, Cardinals hope weather holds off for makeup game

The 125th meeting between Missouri rivals St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals is scheduled to take place Monday at St. Louis in a makeup game from an April 13 rainout.

The series will then shift to Kansas City for two more games Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Cardinals, who lead the series 74-50 after a 6-5 win at home April 12, announced Sunday that the start time for Monday’s game at Busch Stadium was changed to 12:15 p.m. CST due to the weather forecast.

The initially scheduled start time was 3:15 p.m. but the National Weather Service in St. Louis was forecasting thunderstorms for Monday afternoon and Monday evening.

The teams originally had a scheduled break in the schedule Monday before beginning a two-game set at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday night.

Kansas City is coming off being swept in a three-game series at home against the New York Yankees.

The Royals have lost eight of their last 10 games.

“We’re a homegrown team with limited funds facing a financial juggernaut (Yankees) armed with Aaron Judges and it’s not right,” said Kansas City manager Mike Matheny, who was the Cardinals’ manager from 2012 to 2018. “Maybe we need a salary cap so teams like ours can compete.”

St. Louis split a four-game series at home with the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend.

Nolan Arenado returned from his one-game suspension and hit his sixth home run of the season as part of a four-run rally in the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 7-5 win Sunday. Arenado was hitless in his first three at-bats before the home run. He was suspended for his part in a bench-clearing brawl with the New York Mets last week.

Harrison Bader hit his first home run of the season as part of the rally before Arenado’s home run. He had a curtain call from the fans.

“I was fortunate to be put in a position to deliver for my team and it was a good win for us,” said Bader, whose home run gave the Cardinals a 6-5 lead. “You just try to put a good at-bat together for the team.”

Kansas City will start veteran right-hander Zack Greinke (0-1, 2.86 ERA) on Monday against St. Louis left-hander Steven Matz (2-1, 6.11).

Greinke is 13-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 21 career games (19 starts) against the Cardinals.

Matz has pitched one game in his career against Kansas City — a 5-1 win last season when he was with the Toronto Blue Jays. He had a no-hitter into the sixth inning and won the game allowing just two hits and one earned run in six innings.

Royals catcher Cam Gallagher suffered a strained hamstring in Kansas City’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees and was placed on the disabled list. He was put on the injured list and M.J. Melendez will be called up from Triple-A Omaha to replace him.

–Field Level Media

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