(BaseballStL) -- Both starters Thursday night, Lance Lynn and Wade Miley, have less than 60 at-bats against either team.
Lynn, going after his sixth victory of the season, will face a tough challenge as he has posted a 5.00 ERA at Busch Stadium, despite a 2-0 record in 3 games pitched among the friendly fans.
Last season against the Diamondbacks, Lynn toed the rubber twice and received, as usual, amazing run support from his offense, who scored 16 runs over those two games. But Lynn only won one of those contests.
On the other hand, Miley is looking to reach the .500 mark, sitting at 3-4 with a 4.94 ERA.
Mark Ellis, who has faced Miley in 23 at-bats, gets the start Thursday at second base over the hot-hitting Kolten Wong. Ellis is hitting .435 against the lefty with a monstrous 4 homers, striking out just once.
The Redbirds face a lefty Thursday night in their attempt to sweep the Diamonbacks and they’ve struggled against the southpaws.
In 366 at-bats, the Cards have just 82 hits against lefties for a .224 batting average. Allen Craig is hitting the best among starters, going .333 with 2 homers and 9 RBIs against left-handers for an on-base percentage of .342 and slugging .639.
Those marks earned him a move to first in place of Matt Adams, who is hitting a measly .139 against lefties with 11 strike-outs.
"It's always a tough assignment with the lefty starters," Matheny said. "We think that he can hit them over the long haul, it's just a good day for him to take one and get ready for the opportunity to win the game late."
In place of Craig in right, Shane Robinson will get his first start since returning to the club. The versatile outfielder was demolishing lefties in Memphis, hitting .524.
"Shane was having such a good run down in AAA, and [we're] able to get him a day here to show how he's been swinging it," Matheny said.