National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 18th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (22-16) at Los Angeles Dodgers (25-13), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (6-1, 1.81)
Los Angeles - Ted Lilly (5-0, 2.11)
(Sports Network) - Ted Lilly knows it was his offense that helped him post the
longest winning streak of his career last weekend. The veteran will try to
return the favor this evening when the Los Angeles Dodgers open up a three-
game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lilly has won eight straight decisions dating back to last season and hasn't
lost since Sept. 12, with his 5-0 record through six outings this year is a
personal best as well.
The left-hander didn't have his best stuff early last Sunday versus the
Rockies, but still won his third straight start despite allowing a season-high
four earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. Lilly's six hits given up were also a
season high, but he got plenty of support in an 11-5 win.
"Going into the first inning, I felt good. I was pretty confident we were
going to come back and score runs," said Lilly, who has a 2.11 earned run
average on the season. "I enjoyed the way we swung the bats. We're just doing
things necessary to win games."
The 36-year-old Lilly has done well against the Cardinals in his career, going
7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 meetings.
While Lilly has yet to taste defeat this season, Cardinals hurler Lance Lynn
will be looking to bounce back from his first setback of 2012.
The righty had won his first six starts before getting handed a 7-4 loss by
the Braves on Sunday. Lynn was charged with three runs on four hits and three
walks over six frames, fanning seven. He retired the final nine batters faced,
but was forced to throw a season-high 121 pitches.
"I'd say [Lynn] had to fight pretty hard today," said Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny. "I thought he showed a lot by going out there and pitching as deep as
Lynn, who turned 25 on May 12, has issued seven of his 14 walks this season
over his past two outings and has a 1.81 ERA on the year. He faces the Dodgers
for the first time.
The Cardinals lead the National League Central by 2 1/2 games over the Reds as
they have lost five of their last seven. That includes Thursday's 7-5 defeat
in San Francisco as Adam Wainwright allowed five runs -- two earned -- on six
hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings.
"The first two innings (I had) two outs with guys on third and I didn't get
out of it unscathed either time," said Wainwright. "That's something I pride
myself on in my career and usually I'm pretty tough in that situation."
Matt Holliday had a two-run homer and a sac fly for the Cardinals, while
Yadier Molina added a solo homer.
St. Louis played without both Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran in the starting
lineup due to injury. Craig is day-to-day after sitting out Thursday's contest
with a sore hamstring suffered the previous day, while Beltran has been out
the starting lineup for four straight contests because of a sore right knee.
He has been available to pinch-hit over that span.
The Dodgers avoided a season-high third straight loss yesterday, routing the
Padres by an 8-1 margin. Aaron Harang hurled seven scoreless innings of four-
hit ball, while A.J. Ellis knocked in two runs.
"The guys were out there playing and it was a collaboration of everybody,"
Bobby Abreu, Andre Either and Adam Kennedy each scored twice in support of
The Dodgers have won four straight over the Cardinals.
05/18 10:34:04 ET