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Lance Lynn, Astro killer?

It was disappointing, to say the least, that the Cardinals couldn't beat the worst team in the National League Wednesday night with their best starter on the mound.

Especially so because the Birds will have to send rookie Lance Lynn, who is making only his second major league appearance -- and his first on the road -- to the hill charged with the task of preveting the Astros from taking two of three from St. Louis in their series.

But maybe Lynn isn't such a bad choice to face the rebuilding Astros. After all, Houston's roster is full of young prospects. And Lynn has owned the clubs in the Houston farm system over the last two years to the tune of a 5-0 record and a 0.56 ERA.

On April 10, Lynn beat the Oklahoma City Red Hawks in a Class AAA tilt that was his most recent match-up against a Houston minor league squad. He allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. He struck out three and walked none.