The Bottom Line: This one was a rough game for the Cards as Lance Lynn got shelled for two innings and the Cardinals’ offense couldn’t muster anything against a masterful Zack Grienke. Matt Carpenter provided the lone run for the Cards with a solo shot in the 3rd inning, but by that time, the game was lost.
Lance Lynn: Lynn did not have his best stuff today, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on nine hits in 2 innings, but not all of that can be attributed to just poor pitching. Apparently Lynn was suffering from blister problems on his middle finger of his throwing hand; an ailment that greatly disrupted his location with his offspeed pitches.
“Honestly, I have blister problems every time I start, but I usually don’t have them rip off like they did today,” Lynn said. “I’m missing a lot of the top part of my finger — the whole tip, pretty much.” Hopefully Lynn’s finger will heal before his next start as this Cardinals’ rotation does not need any more pitchers on the DL.
Nick Greenwood: The rookie was once again impressive in relief of Lynn, putting up 4 solid innings of 3 hit baseball while also recording one strikeout. Outside of one rocky outing against Colorado, Greenwood has been very effective so far this season and should continue to anchor the long relief role in the bullpen.
Other Thoughts: Mark Ellis and Daniel Descalso both started today in middle infield in place of Jhonny Peralta and Shane Robinson. Neither had a particularly good day at the plate, combining to go 1 for 7 with three strikeouts. Peralta and Robinson both entered the game in its later stages, with Peralta being hit by a pitch and Robinson walking in one at-bat.
What’s Next: Shelby Miller (7-6, 3.75 ERA) takes the mound against Dodgers’ ace and possibly the best pitcher in the National League Clayton Kershaw (8-2, 2.24 ERA). If the Cards want to even the series on getaway day in LA, they will not only have to beat one of the best pitchers of this generation, but Miller will have to overcome his back spasms that plagued him in his last start. The outlook is bleak for our Redbirds.