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Sunday April 8 preview: Cardinals vs. Brewers

The worst part about the Cardinals' Saturday loss to the Brewers is that it puts pressure on rookie Lance Lynn to help the Birds win their first three-game series of the season.

Lynn, who is filling in for St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter, is going to face an imposing lineup in his first start of the season and third of his major league career. If the Cardinals would have taken the first two games of the set, winning the third would be gravy on the mashed potatoes more than it would be the main course. While it's still early, now the whole series swings on his arm. And my main goal for the Redbirds at this point of the year is to start racking up series wins. Two out of three wins the race.

There's little doubt Lynn is already putting a great deal of pressure on himself. While the Cardinals would like him to be a reliever in 2012, anyone worth their salt is going to want to make the most of an opportunity to prove that they are deserving of a better role.

The best thing that can happen Sunday is that the St. Louis hitters -- who slumbered Saturday after bashing Milwaukee pitching for 11 runs on Friday -- score a lot of runs and take pressure off their young hurler.

Randy Wolf starts for the Brewers. He's a lefty that the Cardinals have had mixed results against. He was 4-2 against St. Louis in 2012. But he wasn't exactly dominant with a 4.85 ERA in the process.

Manager Mike Matheny said Saturday that he plans to mix up his lineup for the first time today. He'll likely use Tyler Greene at second base against the southpaw hurler instead of lefty batter Daniel Descalso and Carlos Beltran in centerfield instead of lefty Jon Jay.