September 19: Astros (48-100) @ Cardinals (78-70)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals increased their lead for the second Wild Card to 1.5 games with last night’s win. Updated Wild Card standings can be found through the link at the end of this entry. Keep in mind that the Dodgers play twice today in Washington, so there could be a pretty substantial swing in the standings depending on how things go there and here.

Lance Lynn’s recent outing in LA earned him the chance to start this one. In his only previous start against the Astros in 2012, Lynn allowed two earned runs on six hits in six innings. He also struck out a career-high 11 in that June 7 outing.

Head over to cardinals.com tonight for updates on Jake Westbrook (who reported no issues after throwing his bullpen session today), Lance Berkman, Mitchell Boggs and Rafael Furcal.

And while, you’re surfing, take a look at this story, which mostly grosses me out.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Jon Jay (CF)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Skip Schumaker (2B)
  8. Pete Kozma (SS)
  9. Lance Lynn (RHP)

ASTROS LINEUP:

  1. Jimmy Peredes (RF)
  2. Scott Moore (LF)
  3. Brett Wallace (1B)
  4. Justin Maxwell (CF)
  5. Jed Lowrie (SS)
  6. Brandon Laird (3B)
  7. Chris Snyder (C)
  8. Tyler Greene (2B)
  9. Lucas Harrell (LHP)

Division standings are here. Wild card standings are here.

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