The St. Louis Cardinals were shut out 5-0 by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night and fell 7-1 tonight. Without a doubt, it can be said that the Pirates are the Cardinals’ kryptonite this season. The Cardinals have lost 10 of 15 to the Bucs. Making matters worse, the team has been outscored 73-54 this season against Pittsburgh.
Lance Lynn finished the month of August with the same troubles that bothered him in the second half last year. This month, the pitcher is 1-4 with a 5.84 ERA. Last August, Lynn was 0-1 with a 6.66 ERA in 5 starts and 2 other appearances. This will be troubling for the Cardinals down the stretch.
Lynn bought the bullpen some time by making it to the 4th inning but the damage was already done after allowing 10 hits, 7 runs, 3 walks, and striking out 4 batters. Lynn allowed a 3-run home run to Russell Martin in a 5-run inning.
On Friday night, Shelby Miller was pulled in the 5th inning after allowing 8 hits and 5 runs. The pitcher walked 3 and struck out 3 batters. The bullpen combined to finish out the game with a one-hitter.
While the Cardinals acquired John Axford for the final month of the season, the rotation needs some stability to be shown.