(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals look to continue their winning streak, having taken the last two from the Cubs and three of their last four.
A familiar face returns from Memphis to help them, as Kolten Wong will start and hit second in the order Friday. The young second baseman was called up earlier in the week, but was sent home sick on Wednesday.
He’s back at full strength and ready to return to action, even landing a backflip during pre game warmups.
“It feels good. You don’t ever want to leave this place and for the short period I left, I missed it a lot,” he said. “You don’t ever want to get sent down but when you do, it’s good to know the team still wants you up there. If you put in the work you can get back up here as soon as possible.”
He was sent down to straighten out an ugly swing, and he passed the assignment quickly.
In 64 at bats, he hit .344, scored 14 times and stole five bags. He had only two hitless games and had multiple hits in six contests, his most recent of which was a 4-for-5 day with a homer and four RBIs on Tuesday.
Looking to dampen the happy return is pitching dynamo Ervin Santana, who through six starts is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA.
Santana has been absolutely suffocating, allowing only nine runs in 40.2 innings, and surrendering three or less in five of his six starts.
He has 43 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP, which means the Cardinal offense has an extremely tough test coming off second set of back-to-back wins this month.
Mark Ellis has the most exposure against Santana, but his track record (11-for-55 for a .216 average) likely made the decision to start Wong easier.
Matt Holliday is 4-for-9 with two homers off Santana, posting an OPS of 1.66
Lynn’s Fifth Win?
The current Braves roster hasn’t seen Lynn a ton, but there is a lot of small-sample-size success on the books.
Six Atlanta hitters post marks of .333 or better, though no one has more than six at bats against the Cardinal starter. Andrelton Simmons has the lone home run.
Lynn is stronger at home, posting a 3.16 ERA and 1.14 WHIP at Bush.
1) Matt Carpenter 3B
2) Kolten Wong 2B
3) Matt Holliday LF
4) Allen Craig RF
5) Yadier Molina C
6) Matt Adams 1B
7) Jhonny Paralta SS
8) Peter Bourjos CF
9) Lance Lynn P