Brewers at Cardinals, Game 145 Thread

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Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

The Cardinals now have a four game winning streak, and they’ve had four outstanding outings from their starting pitchers! (Remember how the rotation was falling apart about a week ago? Apparently it isn’t anymore).

Now last night was less fun, with the offense failing to put up double digits and Mujica giving up a two run shot in the ninth, but it still goes in the record books as a win, and I’ll take it.

That said, with the Reds’ win this afternoon, and the Pirates’ latest winning streak (three in a row, thanks to the incompetent Rangers), it’s absolutely necessary for the Cardinals to keep their own winning streak going. A loss tonight could result in yet another tie for first place with the obnoxious Bucs. And, call me mean-spirited, but I don’t like sharing.

Tonight is the most important start of the year for Lance Lynn. Though all of the professionals are somewhat hesitant to say so (for good reason, they aren’t supposed to say this stuff in public), Lynn is pitching for his job. If he can’t turn it around now, we’ll find someone who can — Jake Westbrook, Tyler Lyons, or Carlos Martinez, more than likely. That said, at times it is very clear that Lynn has the stuff necessary to get the job done and just psychs himself out. Hopefully he’ll get his head right and pitch the way we all know he can tonight.

Opposing Lynn is Marco Estrada. Much like Peralta last night, Estrada has struggled against the Cardinals this season, with a 8.14 ERA. Perhaps, however, those numbers will continue and the Cards won’t be no-hit through the first five innings.

Either way, we should be in for a good game tonight as Lynn fights for his life. Go Cardinals!

Feel free to leave your comments below.

Topics: Game Thread, Lance Lynn, St Louis Cardinals

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  • Ovadia

    Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Let’s go Cardinals!

  • Ovadia

    And Lynn rings up Aoki. Good start. I hope that he can keep it up.

  • Ovadia

    Now he can’t hit the strike zone for Segura.

    • Mike King

      Welcome to life with Lynn.

  • Ovadia

    And there’s the first hit of the night.

    • Ovadia

      Lynn needs to stay calm and not freak out. If he can do that, we’ll be alright.

  • Ovadia

    That was a rough call. Looked like a strike to me.

  • Mike King

    That always helps. The twin killing.

  • Ovadia

    Now let’s go Carp! Get this offense goin’!

  • Ovadia

    Mmmmm. Not what I wanted to see, but oh well.

  • Ovadia

    And there goes Jay, too. Huh.

  • Ovadia

    Also, my feet are cold which makes this even more unpleasant.

    • Ovadia

      Slippers. Much better.

      • Mike King

        95 here today, no slippers necessary.

  • Ovadia

    Aight Lynn, back to work, stud.

  • Mike King

    Lynn pulling his bull durham moment.

  • Ovadia

    And there’s a strike.

  • Ovadia

    Gomez has a pretty swing. Why isn’t he on my team?

  • Ovadia

    Two on, one out. Come on, Lynn. Calm down.

    • Mike King

      He blows up today, it should be his last start. Give it to another kid.

      • Ovadia

        IF he blows up. I’d rather see him K his way out of some jams. He can pitch at this level. He just needs to.

        • Mike King

          Well no kidding I would rather see him pull his head out of his backside as well. But he just seems to be a mental midget.

  • Ovadia

    So that wasn’t Lynn’s fault, or Cruz’s. That was Descalso’s. Why don’t we have a shortstop again/why isn’t Koz playing? Hell, Kozma has even been hitting again.

    • Mike King

      I have been saying it on here for weeks, DD should not be on this team.

  • Ovadia

    So Lynn pitched himself into a jam, a run scored because of it, but he didn’t freak out and he got out of the jam. Inning two is sort of like success. Lynn didn’t explode.

    • Mike King

      LOL he walks 2 batters and gives up a run and we call that a success. That tells you there is problems.

  • Mike King

    I would like to see Lyons and Martinez get the starts for the rest of the year myself.

  • Ovadia

    I like four pitch walks to Beltran.

  • Mike King

    I heard Craig is out of the walking boot. So figuring he will be back for the last 5-7 games to knock off the rust?

    • Ovadia

      I would guess so. At least some pinch hit stuff, I don’t know if I’d want him fielding with that injury, at least not until the playoffs.

      • Mike King

        Well I think you need to give him more than just a few at bats. But I understand your concern.

        • Ovadia

          It would depend on how he feels, I would guess. I’d rather have him rusty and playing than reinjured and warming the bench.

  • Ovadia

    Aw man! Foul ball? No. Dangit.

    • Mike King

      You cannot get that call wrong.

      • Mike King

        That is strictly an anticipated call. He made up his mind before he saw it.

  • Ovadia

    Alright, way to bounce back Adams. Not quite as good, but you’re still on base and there are still no outs.

  • Ovadia

    That was weird. The ump chewing out Adams after blowing the call?

    • Mike King

      The arrogance of the umps is just to much now. A little humility would go a long way.

  • Ovadia

    Dammit Segura. That’s another player we should have.

  • Ovadia

    Hey! And now we get to see Descalso try to drive in a run. Never gonna happen.

  • Ovadia

    Called it.

  • Ovadia

    Lead-off hits. Let’s stop those.

  • Mike King

    Fight in Miami

    • Ovadia

      I love a good brawl. What are they fighting about?

      • Mike King

        Atlanta Gattis hit HR off Fernandez and showed him up. Then Fernandez hit HR and stopped and starred at it.

        • Ovadia

          Great stuff. Gotta be courteous!

  • Ovadia

    Got the lead runner, at least.

  • Ovadia

    Got ‘im that time! Cruz is such a good backup.

  • Ovadia

    There we go Lynn!

  • Ovadia

    And Lynn down on strikes. Oh well, it happens.

  • Ovadia

    Let’s go Carp!

  • Ovadia

    Carp down again.

    • Mike King

      Seem like last night all over again.

      • Ovadia

        At least last night ended well.

  • Ovadia

    Not a bad play by Carp.

  • Ovadia

    Double.

  • Ovadia

    Lynn through the fourth, no big inning yet.

  • Mike King

    Sorry was distracted with the Atl vs Miami game. I really hate Atlanta.

    • Ovadia

      Agree.

  • Ovadia

    That error went to Cruz? You’ve got to be kidding me.

  • Ovadia

    My new theory is that the Cardinals refuse to hit and then have to run when it’s so hot. They’re just waiting until it cools off some.

  • Ovadia

    7th K for Lynn. He’s been pretty good thus far.

  • Ovadia

    8 Ks for him on the night.

  • Ovadia

    And Lynn strikes out the side. Nice.

  • Mike King

    You knew 1b ump was calling that check a strike. LOL

  • Ovadia

    And the Cards are no-hit through 5. Again.

    • Mike King

      This is what we get when we have 4 auto outs in the lineup. Cruz, DD, Freese and Lynn.

  • Ovadia

    10 Ks for Lynn.

  • Ovadia

    6 strong innings from Lynn. He actually seems to be gaining confidence as the night goes on. We’ll see him for the seventh, too, I predict.

  • Ovadia

    Dang it Gomez. I wanted that hit.

    • Mike King

      Great play. Would be funny to see them no hit the Cards and the controversy from the blown call.

      • Ovadia

        Just like Santana! Maybe that’s how pitching careers end: no-hit the Cardinals with one blown call and your career is then over.

  • Ovadia

    And Lynn is done. Let’s go Robinson.

  • Ovadia

    Wow! That was close to bad.