Cardinals starter Lance Lynn struggled Friday against the Tigers allowing Kyle McClellan to pull away as the favorite to replace injured starter Adam Wainwright in the rotation.
Lynn allowed two earned runs on three hits and a pair of walks Friday against Detroit to raise his spring ERA to 5.14 as the Birds dropped the game 7-4.
While he was amongst a handful of players who were dark horse candidates for the Wairwright position, all ties were going to go to McClellan because of his major league experience. But the fact that he has been one of the best two or three pitchers in camp so far has solidified McClellan's stranglehold on the spot.
Several of the St. Louis starters played. But the offense didn't look like it, scoring only two runs against Tigers starter Phil Coke and a cast of relievers.
Skip Schumaker was the only St. Louis regular to collect two hits. Matt Holliday was 1-for-2, Albert Pujols was 0-for-2 and Lance Berkman was 0-for-4. David Freese was 0-for-3 and hit into a double play. Minor leaguer Matt Carpenter continued his hot hitting with a single in his only at bat of the game. Playing out of position in right field, however, Carpenter made his second error of the season.