September 11: Brewers (62-81) @ Cardinals (84-60)

By Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Well, the Reds and Pirates have already won today, leaving the Cardinals in a must-win spot on Wednesday if they want to continue to sit atop the division without company. St. Louis entered the day a game ahead of the Pirates, who went to Texas and pulled off a sweep. The Reds, who lost two of three to the Cubs, came into today three games back.

It goes without saying that tonight’s start is a critical one for Lance Lynn, who could lose his spot in the rotation if another one goes awry. Lynn has not won a start since Aug. 4, and has a 6.88 ERA since that date. During that span, batters have hit .336 off the right-hander, and he has averaged less than six innings per start. With several other starting candidates on the roster, the Cardinals have indicated that they will not hesitate to make a rotation change this late in the season if Lynn cannot get himself right real soon.

Lynn will be missing one asset tonight, as Yadier Molina is not around to guide him from behind the plate. Both Yadier and brother Bengie will not be at Busch Stadium on Wednesday due to what manager Mike Matheny described as a family situation. No further details were provided by the Cardinals, and there was no assurance that both Molinas would be back tomorrow.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Jon Jay (CF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  5. Matt Adams (1B)
  6. David Freese (3B)
  7. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  8. Tony Cruz (C)
  9. Lance Lynn (RHP)

BREWERS LINEUP:

  1. Norichika (Aoki (RF)
  2. Jean Segura (SS)
  3. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
  4. Aramis Ramirez (3B)
  5. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  6. Scooter Gennett (2B)
  7. Juan Francisco (1B)
  8. Logan Schafer (LF)
  9. Marco Estrada (RHP)

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