ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez has been stretched out in the minors and Joe Kelly has shown he's always up to start. But if you think either will be starting in place of rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons Friday night, think again.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Monday afternoon did not talk as if Lyons, who has lost his past three starts while giving up 14 runs, is in danger of being removed from the rotation anytime soon.
Matheny, however, stopped a bit short of saying Lyons absolutely would take the mound against the Rangers.
"Right now, (that's) definitely where we're going," Matheny said in his office at rainy Busch Stadium. "We want him just thinking about his next start, not about all this other stuff."
Lyons' struggles are as simple to explain, according to Matheny. He is not controlling the count like he did in his first two starts and his mistakes are not being missed.
"He's realizing mistakes hurt you more in this league than...