MLB series of the week

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - — Bill Shaikin

CAR­DI­NALS AT ROY­ALS Mon­day-Thurs­day

This is a Show-Me series in the Show-Me state. This could be the first year since 1984 that the Kansas City Roy­als are in the play­offs and the Car­di­nals are not. The Roy­als’ nine-game win­ning streak put them in wild-card po­si­tion, but get­ting swept in Bal­ti­more last week put them in jeop­ardy of fall­ing out of wild­card po­si­tion. First base­man Eric Hos­mer is bat­ting .345 since May 1. The Roy­als, rank­ing last in the AL in on-base per­cent­age, ac­quired out­fielder Melky Cabr­era and promptly in­serted him into the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The Car­di­nals are barely alive in the NL Cen­tral, but they haven’t been above .500 since the sec­ond of back-to­back vic­to­ries over the Dodgers on June 1. Short­stop Paul DeJong is tied for the team lead with 14 home runs; he didn’t make his ma­jor league de­but un­til May 28.

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