After a promising start to the week against the Rockies, the Cards spotty starting pitching could not keep up with the minimal run support against the Dodgers, which resulted in a 2-4 record this past week. Now, the Cards are faced with a critical upcoming week against the Giants and the Marlins to try to regain ground on the Brewers. As we review this week, I’ve listed a few players who increased and decreased their stock in the past week:
Matt Carpenter: The third baseman was the only consistent offensive producer for the Cards in their four-game series against the Dodgers. Carpenter hit 6-for-16 and hit his fourth home run of the season in LA. In total, Carpenter hit .304 this week to raise his batting average to .281, and he delivered four RBI’s to increase his total to 31 on the season. Hopefully, the leadoff hitter can continue to hit this way to jumpstart the Cards inconsistent offense.
Seth Maness: The young pitcher was the primary reliever this week, and he came through with one of his best weeks of the season. Maness notched his third win against the Dodgers, and he threw six innings and allowed only one run on four hits to lower his ERA from 2.87 to 2.65. He is coming close to his numbers last year (2.32 ERA) and with two starting pitchers on the DL (Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia), the Cards will continue to rely on Maness to log some innings from the bullpen.
Shelby Miller: Miller started two games this week, and he didn’t fare well in either of them. Last Tuesday against the Rockies, Miller left the game with back tightness after pitching just 2.2 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and five walks. Nonetheless, Miller returned to make a start against the Dodgers on Sunday, but he ended up taking the loss. He was able to pitch five innings, but he was correctly taken out after conceding six runs on seven hits and three walks. As a result of this week’s poor performance, Miller’s ERA shot up from 3.56 to 4.10 and his WHIP is now at a subpar 1.43.
Lance Lynn: Lynn only lasted two innings in his start against the Dodgers on Saturday as he gave up six runs on nine hits. Consequently, he lowered his record to 8-6 and his ERA increased from 2.90 to 3.38. Lynn’s poor start is even more startling considering that he had only allowed two earned runs in his last 20 innings. Now, Lynn will have to bounce back and deliver for a Cards team that needs quality starting pitching to stay afloat in the competitive NL Central.