The Bottom Line: In his first at-bat off of the disabled list, Matt Adams sent a long souvenir into the stands providing the margin of victory for the Cards. Behind Adams’s home run, starter Lance Lynn pitched a masterful game going 8 innings while striking out 8 Nationals’ hitters. Closer Trevor Rosenthal recorded his 18th save of the season while striking out the side.
Matt Adams: Welcome back indeed Mr. Adams. After going on the DL on May 28 with a left calf strain, Adams was finally re-activated tonight with hopes of fueling this sputtering Cards’ offense. While not much was expected from him after a power-sapping lower-body injury, Adams provided all the fuel necessary to push the Redbirds to their 35th win of the season. All in all, Adams went 2 for 3 with a solo home run, conversely making up two-thirds of the Cards’ offense tonight.
Lance Lynn: After two shaky prior outings, Lynn came out tonight and shoved his way to a gem of a game. 8 innings with 8 strikeouts is no small feat in itself, but add-on only two hits allowed with no walks and you have some top-notch work from your number three starter. Lynn managed to lower his ERA to 3.16 with the start, proving that this Cardinals’ rotation is formidable from top to bottom.
Where are the hits?: This offense stinks right now. The addition of Matt Adams back to the lineup is certainly welcome and is producing results as proven by tonight’s game, but overall, the offense is weak at best. They rank 17th in batting average and 27th in slugging percentage, both numbers indicating a lineup with very little offensive proficiency and no power. All the magic that seemed to continuously inhabit these Cardinals’ bats last year seems to have moved on. What’s even worse is that the Cards’ BABIP sits at .302, which is right at the average. That indicates that these numbers aren’t the result of bad luck, but, in reality, have been slightly inflated by good luck. This offense stinks.
What’s Next: Shelby Miller (7-5, 3.59 ERA) squares off against the Nationals’ ace Stephen Strasburg (6-4, 2.99 ERA). Miller looks to rekindle the magic from his last start in which he threw a complete game shutout while Strasburg looks to continue the outstanding season he’s been having so far.