(BaseballStL) — Perhaps the fourth time will be the charm for Tyler Lyons in 2014. After three strong outings for the young lefty, he’s still chasing his first win of the year.
In his 18 innings as a starter, Lyons has allowed seven runs on 14 hits will striking out 18. Behind him, the Cardinals have scored two runs of support.
It’s not an unfamiliar plight for members of the St. Louis rotation, but as Lyons is filling in for the injured Joe Kelly, a victory not only be deserved, but also stress-relieving.
Lyons has only seen the Cubs for one inning of work in his career, facing three hitters and setting them down in order.
Justin Ruggiano has seen Lyons, however, gong 2-for-3 against him as a member of the Marlins.
Home Sweet Home
The Cardinals are back in St. Louis for a 10 game stretch, after playing 20 of 26 on the road. After those 10, it’s a three-game series in Cincinnati before coming back for another nine games at Busch. Not only is the home stand eyed as a chance to catch up on wins, but it’s also a relief to a team that’s been on the road for the better part of a month
“It’s been something you can tell is starting to wear on us,” Mike Matheny said of the team’s extended road trip. “There’s a comfort of being here and seeing our fans. The reality is, we all have lives too. These guys are able to come home and all of us get back to our families and get a little normalcy.”
The team is 7-5 at home this season with a better batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage. The OPS of .765 is 120 points higher at home.
Travis in Trouble
Yadier Molina and Jon Jay are absolutely crushing Cubs starter Travis Wood in their career. Molina is 12-for-30 with four doubles and three bombs against Wood, while Jay is 10-for-25.
Peter Bourjos will be manning center field and batting seventh, so Jay’s presence will not be a factor early, but Molina will be hitting fifth, setting him up for possible RBI-rich situations against the struggling starter.
Molina’s average has not been below .300 since the first game of the season against Chicago on April 11.
Matt Carpenter, 3B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Matt Holliday, LF
Allen Craig, RF
Yadier Molina, C
Matt Adams, 1B
Peter Bourjos, CF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Tyler Lyons, P