Lance Lynn (31) pitches in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
By Grant Braden
(The Cardinal Nation Show) -- The problems for the Cardinals continue to outweigh the positives. Following a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the visiting Chicago White Sox Tuesday night, the Cardinals have dropped 9 of their last 13 and are 11-18 dating back a month ago.
The shaky bullpen continues to be reason for concern after giving up four earned runs, including two homers, in just two innings of work. Lance Lynn will look to put the train back on the tracks for the Birds tonight.
Lynn will look to continue the early success he has started the 2012 season off with. With a 9-2 record, a tenth win tonight would put him atop the majors in the department.
The righthander is coming off a victory against Houston, a game he went six innings and surrendered only two runs. He also set a career high in strike outs with 11 and put his ERA at a respectable 2.66, which is best among the starting five.
This will be Lynn's first start against an interleague opponent. He has put in 11 2/3 innings against AL foes in relief though, allowing seven runs.
Jake Peavy will get the call for Chicago. Peavy has had his ups and downs lately, but seems to have started this season off nicely. Boasting a 6-1 record, Peavy holds a 3.05 ERA and has gone the distance twice this year already.
The eleventh-year player holds an impressive road record this season. He is 4-1 in starts away from U.S. Cellular Field and has not allowed more than three runs in those starts.
Peavy's last start against St. Louis came on July 17, 2008. The Cardinals pounded out eight hits and tacked on four runs against the then San Diego Padre. All four runs came off solo homers.
The Cardinal's offense has been limited to two runs or less in 17 games this season, something that has happened the past four games.
Manager Mike Matheny has aggressively tried to shake things up, especially in the middle of the order. He batted catcher Yadier Molina second yesterday after having him in the third spot on Saturday.
Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig have been moved around alot lately as well. Credit Matheny for trying something different as he attempts to figure out the winning recipe offensively.
Quick Note: The Cardinals are an even 17-17 on the road and 14-14 at home putting them on the bubble at .500 overall. They trail Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the Central. The Reds are three games ahead of the Cardinals in the standings.