(BaseballStL) – John Lackey will take the mound Sunday in his new uniform and in the National League, but he will have a familiar battery mate as Mike Matheny calls upon AJ Pierzynski to start behind the plate in the series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Any time you get that familiarity with a pitcher,” Matheny said, “I think there’s something to be said about that.”
Not only were Lackey and Pierzynski teammates in Boston, but the two also share an agent.
Lackey does have one career start against the Brewers back in June of 2011. However the majority of the Brewers’ line-up hasn’t faced Lackey often, the most being former AL hitters Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds.
If Lackey can get the win it would be the 150th win of his career, putting him sixth among active pitchers. A win would also pull the Redbirds within a game of first place in the central.
Press Box Notes
Both Jhonny Peralta and Kolten Wong hit home runs Saturday night against the Brewers, which are the first homers for both players since playing the Brewers the weekend prior to the All-Star break.
Also, Peralta’s 15th homer Saturday put him one behind the season record for a Cardinals’ shortstop. Edgar Renteria and Daryl Spencer hold the record with 16.
Trevor Rosenthal earned his 33rd save Saturday to lead MLB in saves.
Since the All-Star break, Matt Holliday has 5 homers and 12 RBI in 13 games.