The St. Louis Cardinals have been trying to imagine what life will be like without Adam Wainwright. I can come to one conclusion, and that is it definitely won’t be as nice as with him out of the rotation. The Cardinals can still threaten for a World Series without Wainwright, but what a blow that is going to be, especially in the postseason when almost an automatic win from Wainwright turns into less of a confident situation. I highly doubt the Cardinals will be absent in the postseason regardless of Wainwright being out. The Cards hold on to the best record in the majors with a mark of 19-6. St. Louis hasn’t missed a beat in that regard, but like I said, they’ll miss him when it comes October. No longer do they have the luxury of Wainwright and Wacha pitching back-to-back nights. As a result of the reshuffled starting rotation for the Cards, they’ve had to look elsewhere for help. This is where sparsely used Tyler Lyons comes into the equation. Lyons has been in the Cardinals’ organization for three years now, and will be making his 13th start of his career and first start of the season.
Turning to the Chicago Cubs, who a lot of people have taking big leaps this season. I think they’ll take leaps, but not the type of leap that people have been expecting from the Cubs. I mean, after all, this is the Cubs we are talking about. With the jokes aside, I just think it is going to take a year or two for this young talented team to put it all together as a cohesive unit. They acquired Jon Lester in the offseason, which is a nice addition, but the Cubs will need more reinforcements in the pitching department.
The offense should be there as we saw last night, but it still wasn’t enough after they scored 9 runs. The Cubs controlled that game for the majority of it, but let it slip away in a 10-9 defeat. Tough one to swallow for the Cubs and their fans. Kyle Hendricks gets the start for the Cubs tonight, he could be a good or bad thing in the future, I am undecided on him at this point. Jump below for the free MLB pick for Tuesday night.
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Hendricks (0-1 5.23 ERA) vs. Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tyler Lyons has made his living out of coming up to the Cardinals when they need emergency relief in the starting rotation. In his first season in 2013, Lyons had eight starts and then last season had four. Not exactly the best sign for a pitcher having your starts decrease in the following year. In both seasons, though, his output on the mound was pretty similar. In 2013 he completed the season with an ERA of 4.75, then had a 4.42 ERA last season in his four starts with the Cards. He failed to win a single game last year. Lyons last appearance in the majors was a September 2014 start against the Cubs, he gets to jump right in against that same team tonight. His last start came on May 12th against, again the Cubs. There he got absolutely blasted for 9 runs in only four innings pitched. That included 9 hits as well.
He gets a decent matchup today against Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks had a nice 2014 in his rookie season, pitching for a 2.46 ERA in thirteen starts. However, he’ll need to follow it up with another productive season to warrant any kind of attention. Thus far, he hasn’t lived up to that billing. Most notable, has been his starts on the road, where he has gotten tagged for a 7.45 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. He also doesn’t last very long, as teams are protective of young pitchers most of the time. Hendricks’ longest start this season was 6 innings, which opens up the door for an exhausted bullpen from last night. Both teams’ bats line up well against the left-handed Lyons and right-handed Hendricks. Note that the Cubs are hitting .273 against lefties, while the Cardinals are hitting .272 against righties. I’ll take the OVER at 8.
PICK: OVER 8 RUNS (-108)