ST. LOUIS -- A fourth straight lousy start figures to cost rookie lefty Tyler Lyons his spot in the Cardinals' rotation.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny did not address the team's pitching plans after the Cardinals lost to the Rangers, 6-4, Friday night but admitted that Lyons had "a tough day."
"He had trouble getting (balls) in the (strike) zone," Matheny said. "When he brought it back in, he was already in favorable counts for the hitters and they took pretty good swings."
Lyons allowed only a walk in the first inning but failed to make it through the second. He gave up two doubles to start the inning and then, after getting two outs, allowed a single and two walks and ended up being charged with four runs. Over his past four starts, Lyons was charged with 18 runs in 18 23 innings.
Those are numbers more likely to earn Lyons a trip to Memphis rather than a start with the Cardinals next week.
So who would take his place in the rotation?
Thanks to three off days in the next...