Lynn vs. Bailey as Cardinals go for another win vs. Cincinnati

News-DemocratApril 8, 2014 

— The hoopla of the home opener is over and the St. Louis Cardinals are settling into a routine.

The Cardinals, who defeated Cincinnati 5-3 on Monday, will face the Reds again at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Lance Lynn (1-0, 5.40 ERA) will pitch for St. Louis against the Reds' Homer Bailey (0-1, 8.31 ERA). The Cardinals have not yet won two straight --nor lost two in a row.

"We've seen some inconsistency from a lot of our guys, whether it's pitching or on the defensive side or even at the plate," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said to a question about Lynn being up-and-down. "The first thing we go to is it's early and he's had one start. What we saw through spring was very, very good.

"Right now, I think he's in a good place in his mind. I like how his stuff looks and I think he's a guy that just keeps getting better. I know the kind of competitor he is. He's got a higher upside than what we've seen and he's taking steps in that direction."

Lynn is 4-1 with a 4.19 ERA in his career against the Reds, with 54 strikeouts in 43 innings. He was 3-1 in five starts against them in 2013 --more wins than he had against any other team.

The Cardinals have kept a close eye on Lynn. In particular, they have stressed that he improve his body language. Lynn has previously been bothered by on-field developments, to the point where he would sulk and become careless with his pitches.

"We've given him so many different assignments as far as how he handles himself, his disposition on the mound," Matheny said. "And he's always done exactly what we've asked, knowing that we're trying to help him stay consistent. I think he's found that pitcher he should be on the mound, including his stuff.

"He's learned a lot about himself. He's a younger pitcher than I think most of us really consider. We see all these other brand-new guys and forget that Lance hasn't been around that long. He's still learning and he's learned the lessons he needs to get better."

Here are the lineups:

CARDINALS (4-3)

Matt Carpenter, 3B

Kolten Wong, 2B

Matt Holliday, LF

Allen Craig, RF

Yadier Molina, C

Matt Adams, 1B

Jhonny Peralta, SS

Peter Bourjos, CF

Lance Lynn, P

REDS (2-5)

Billy Hamilton, CF

Brandon Phillips, 2B

Joey Votto, 1B

Jay Bruce, RF

Ryan Ludwick, LF

Todd Frazier, 3B

Zack Cozart, SS

Devin Mesoraco, C

Homer Bailey, P

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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