Lance Lynn will take the hill Saturday afternoon in hopes to give the Cardinals the series lead after falling to the Nats Friday. Lynn is 3-0 on the year with 22 strikeouts, which puts him behind Adam Wainwright (32) for the team lead. In 18.0, Lynn has only given up 8 earned runs with a 1.28 WHIP.
Jordan Zimmerman (1-0) has pitched 13.2 innings in 3 starts with a 5.27 ERA. In his start Monday against the Miami Marlins, Zimmerman allowed just 2 runs over 7.0 innings compared to his previous start against the Marlins on April 9 where he gave up 5 runs in only 1.2 innings.
Lucky Charm Lynn
For some inexplicable reason when Lynn takes to the mound the Redbirds bats come alive. In his 3 starts, the Cardinals have scored 18 runs, the most for any starter on the team by 6 runs. In their first 3 starts, Wainwright and Wacha received 12 runs from the offense, Joe Kelly received 10 and Shelby Miller is the low man with only 8 runs from the offense.
Among NL lead-off hitters, Matt Carpenter is tied with two others, both Starling Marte and Carlos Gomez, with 13 runs scored. What makes Carpenter’s stat more impressive is he’s had almost 10 less at bats than both Marte and Gomez. The group trails only Marlins Giancarlo Stanton with 14 runs scored.
In just one game, the Redbirds went from the 13th worst team to the 7th worst at a total of 15 errors on the season. After Thursday night’s 4 errors from the Nationals, the Cardinals reversed their role by committing 3 in Friday night’s action.
The Nationals are still the worst team in MLB with committing 19 errors in only 17 games played.
Pujols inches closer to 500 HRs
On a 91 mph fastball in the top of the sixth Friday night, Albert Pujols hit home run number 497 off of Luke Putkonen. Pujols’ fifth bomb of the season scored Mike Trout as the Angels walloped the Detroit Tigers 11 to 6. This homer puts Pujols just 7 short of tying Eddie Murray for number 25 on the all-time list of home run leaders.