(BaseballStL) -- In his first start this season replacing hurt starter Joe Kelly, Tyler Lyons gave the Cardinals a chance to beat the New York Mets, allowing only 2 runs over 6 innings. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t push anyone across the plate and gave Lyons the 2-0 loss.
Saturday, the Redbird lefthander will face a Pittsburgh Pirates line-up he hasn’t seen often, the Buccos have just 24 at-bats against Lyons. He has given up one homer to Andrew McCutchen.
On Monday, Lyons threw 16 first pitch strikes to the 28 batters he faced. He gave up both runs in the third and sixth innings and in both of those innings he threw more than 21 pitches, for a total pitch count of 91 for the game. If Lyons can keep his inning pitch counts to less than 12, he should find success at Busch this weekend.
Lyons will face fellow lefty Francisco Liriano who is looking for his first win of the season. Liriano has already faced the Cardinals this season, on April 5, and gave up 4 runs over 6 innings. He gave up a bomb to Yadier Molina, while Matt Adams also thrived, going 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Hit Streak Continues to Climb
Backstop Molina continues his hot hitting as he extended his hit streak to 15 games Friday night with a single to left field in the eighth inning against the Pirates.
Of those 15 games, 8 of them have been multi-hit games. Molina has amassed 6 doubles during the streak and recorded 8 RBIs.
He’s clearly come far from the 24-year-old catcher who batted .216 in 2006, his first World Series Championship season.
The Non-Running Redbirds
The Redbirds are tied with the Chicago Cubs with 81 runs scored in 2014, just one place away from the bottom of the National League where the San Diego Padres have only scored 65 runs.
The NL average for runs scored this season is at 94. The Colorado Rockies lead the league with 131 runs scored in 24 games played. And it’s no secret the Cards are struggling at the plate.
The offense is averaging just 3.375 runs per game. The 2004 team, considered one of the best in recent history, averaged 5.27 runs per game during their amazing 105-57 season. The 2004 team also lead the NL with 855 runs scored.
In addition, the Cardinals are dead last in the NL in home runs hit with only 12, Jhonny Peralta leads the team with 4 jacks.