The last time the Giants won a game, Tim Lincecum (aka Big Time Timmy Jim) threw his second career no-hitter in as many seasons. Since that game though, the Giants dropped four straight games to the Cards’ rival Cincinnati Reds allowing the Reds to take over second place in the NL Central. Tonight’s game interestingly also marks the third time in the past week that the Cards have gone against a pitcher with a no-hitter already this season after facing Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett over the weekend.

Lincecum after his no-no last week
Lincecum after his no-no last week

Right now, neither of these teams are playing at full strength, and both are losing ground in their respective divisions. We all know of the Cardinals’ injury problems as almost the entire pitching staff is injured in some way, and most sit on the DL. The Giants however are suffering more from a lack of bats as Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt both find themselves on the DL. Without those two in the lineup, the Giants order is rather punchless as two rookies (Joe Panik and Adam Duvall) have been thrust into starting roles.

Cardinals’ rookie Marco Gonzalez will be countering Lincecum’s no-no encore in just his second Major League start. In his debut, Gonzalez went for 5 innings giving up five runs on seven hits against the Colorado Rockies. Cards’ manager Mike Matheny commented after Gonzalez’s start, “I don’t think we could have constructed a tougher test, all things considered. We didn’t necessarily label it that to him or any of you as he came into it, but we were all very aware of the challenges that came into it … I like how he handled everything.”

The Skinny: Cards’ rookie Marco Gonzalez looks to rebound after a tough start against the Rockies, and this Cardinals’ offense will try to recover against another premier pitcher after a weekend full of the Dodgers’ aces.

The Lineup: 

  1. Matt Carpenter 3B
  2. Oscar Taveras RF
  3. Jhonny Peralta SS
  4. Matt Adams 1B
  5. Yadier Molina C
  6. Allen Craig LF
  7. Jon Jay CF
  8. Daniel Descalso 2B
  9. Gonzalez P