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Game Preview: Cards at O’s (8/10/2014)

After last night’s rout, the Cardinals now sit at 3 games back in the Central and 0.5 games back in the Wild Card race. Over the past two days, the Cardinals’ new pitching options have completely failed to suppress the O’s red-hot offense. Today, they look to avoid a sweep in Camden Yards, and hope to prevent O’s rookie Caleb Joeseph from homering in his 6th consecutive game.

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The Pitching Matchup: Lance Lynn (11-8, 2.89 ERA) takes the mound for the Cardinals this afternoon, looking to continue his string of success of late. Even since the disaster of a game against the Dodgers on June 28, Lynn has been lights out, not allowing more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts. For the month of July, Lynn posted a 1.71 ERA but still only recorded a 3-2 record due to the lack of run support. Very few of these Orioles’ hitters have faced Lynn before, so there is truly no predictions to be made about their offensive output today.

Kevin Gausmann (6-3, 3.77 ERA) is starting for the O’s and looks to win his third straight decision. Gausmann hasn’t pitched too terribly well as of late, but he has done enough to get the job done. In his last outing, Gausmann gave up three earned runs in 6 innings pitched and still earned the win in a 7-3 game against the Nationals. Gausmann has pitched considerably better against righty batters this season, limiting righty’s to a .631 OPS while lefties are hitting a .749 OPS against him. One factor that should help the Cards today is Gausmann’s poor play in day games. In 5 day games pitched, Gausemann has a 5.92 ERA and a 1-3 record.

The Skinny: The Cards’ bats need to come alive today to avoid a sweep in Baltimore, and Lance Lynn needs to continue his recent hot streak. While the Cards are still in the thick of the Wild Card race, they are quickly slipping out of contention in the division. No team wants to play in baseball’s version of a coin flip to determine the last playoff spot, so the Cards need to make their comeback in the division starting today.

The Lineup:

  1. Matt Carpenter DH
  2. Kolten Wong 2B
  3. Matt Holliday LF
  4. Matt Adams 1B
  5. Jhonny Peralta SS
  6. Jon Jay CF
  7. Oscar Taveras RF
  8. Tony Cruz C
  9. Daniel Descalso 3B
  • Lynn P

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