The St. Louis Cardinals have given their outstanding rotation
the best run support in the NL, though no starter has benefited
from that production more than Lance Lynn.
With the right-hander going for his seventh win, the Cardinals
look to keep rolling Saturday night at Busch Stadium against a
Milwaukee Brewers team they’ve dominated this season.
St. Louis improved to 6-2 on a 10-game homestand by holding on
for a 7-6 victory over Milwaukee in Friday’s series opener, as
David Freese’s grand slam – his first homer of the season – capped
a five-run first inning.
“That’s the biggest thing about this, you want to join the
fun,” said Freese, who entered the contest with a .209 average,
four RBIs and a .287 on-base percentage. ”Fortunately enough, I
haven’t done squat this year and we’ve got a heck of a
The Cardinals (27-14), who have won 13 of 16 and own the best
record in the majors, have given their starters the most runs in
the league with 162. They’ve also scored 49 runs for their starters
and batted .300 with nine homers while winning seven of eight
against the Brewers (16-24).
Allen Craig went 3 for 3 Friday and is hitting .406 versus
Milwaukee this year, while John Jay (12 for 29), Matt Holliday (10
for 28) and Yadier Molina (11 for 31) have also done damage in the
Holliday (6 for 12) and Molina (8 for 15) have also had success
against Saturday’s scheduled starter Marco Estrada.
Lynn is receiving a league-high 7.02 runs per game, but he may
not need much support with the way he’s pitched lately.
He has gone at least seven innings in each of his last five
outings, posting a 1.80 ERA with 37 strikeouts over 35 innings in
that span. Lynn overcame a career-high five walks by striking out
seven and surrendering three runs and four hits over seven innings
in a 6-3 win over the New York Mets on Monday.
Lynn has allowed two runs with 18 strikeouts over 13 2-3 innings
in two career starts against the Brewers.
Unlike the Cardinals, Milwaukee starters have struggled with a
6.78 ERA during the team’s 2-13 stretch.
Estrada (3-2, 5.32) will try to prevent the Brewers from their
second five-game skid this month and third this season. He allowed
one run and a season-low three hits over seven innings in a 5-1 win
at Pittsburgh on Monday.
Estrada, who is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts
against the Cardinals, was tagged for eight runs with five walks
over 3 1-3 innings in a 10-1 loss to St. Louis in his previous
Milwaukee hopes Aramis Ramirez can find a groove after breaking
out of a 1-for-16 slump with a pair of homers and six RBIs
”Nice to see Rammy get a couple,” manager Ron Roenicke said.
”I think he’s been swinging the ball really well and hasn’t had
much to show for it.”
Ramirez, though, is 0 for 6 with three strikeouts all-time