(BaseballStL) -- Lance Lynn will be under the microscope in his Wednesday start against the Brewers. The young hurler has struggled of late, surrendering four or more runs in his last five starts. He's also allowed seven or more hits in those contests and only gone 27.1 innings, for an average of just more than five innings per start.
Speaking on September 6, GM John Mozeliak said of Lynn's struggles, "The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different outcome. So something's gotta give."
Mozeliak said the baseball staff wanted to give Lynn another chance to get himself on track, something Matheny said is about repeating success.
"The consistency," he said when asked Wednesday what the key was for Lynn's return to form. "The stuff is there and everything is right there for him, we believe it's just that consistent mental approach and being able to stay in that good spot. He can do that. We've seen him do it, but it's not easy for anybody. It's just like asking a hitter to stay locked in all season."
With solid starts starting to mount for young pitchers like Wacha and Lyons, Lynn will need not only a deep start, but a quality outing to keep himself a viable candidate for the rotation.
We gotta find a way for Lance to lock it in and keep it locked while he's on the mound," Matheny said.
Yadier Molina will not be at Wednesday's game. The Cardinal catcher has a family matter to attend to in town. It was not clear if it would be a one-day absence or something that would require Molina to miss more time.
Tony Cruz will start in his place. Cruz is hitting .200 with four doubles and 10 RBIs in his 24 starts this season.