June 12: Royals @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Records: Cardinals (39-21, +6.0 in NL Central); Royals (34-23, +2.0 in AL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest. 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kong Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Mark Reynolds (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (LF), Jon Jay (CF), Jaime Garcia (LHP)

Royals lineup: Alcides Escobar (SS), Mike Moustakas (3B), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Eric Hosmer (1B), Salvador Perez (C), Alex Gordon (LF), Alex Rios (RF), Omar Infante (2B), Yordano Ventura (RHP)

Transactions: The Cardinals placed Lance Lynn on the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Tyler Lyons, who will start Saturday’s game.

Reading material:

  • A look into Trevor Rosenthal’s sensational start to the season (link)
  • Wrapping up the Draft by looking at what the Cardinals prioritized and how they plan to spend (link)
  • The future was on display Thursday as Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky dominated for high-A Palm Beach (link)
  • Columnist Tracy Ringolsby writes about the heightened Cards-Royals rivalry (link)
  • Preview for Friday’s series opener against the Royals (link)

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Wow, Jaime’s pitches are really on point. Jay needed that hit. Wong’s throw to first was terrific, AS was Reynold’s catch! So far, so good! A bit apprehensive about Lyon’s start tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

These last three games by Garcia maybe the best he’s pitch as a Cardinal and I heard it was a real low pitch count too.. Missed last nights game due to Dave Matthews concert.
Today Lyons needs to relax and realize the Royals are good,but they ain’t the ’27’ Yankees so throw it over and don’t nibble so much.Work fast and throw strikes!! Make Gibby proud!!!

Totally! Garcia’s never looked so good! Also Kyle McClellan (former Cards pitcher, now local radio sports reporter)…keeps saying the Cards’ young pitchers gotta’ remember that it’s OK to allow “some” hits. Preferably in the infield or pop-ups. Doesn’t have to be all fast balls. Continually throwing as hard as they can…can often lead to control issues. Lyons is 6′ 4″ (200lbs), so he has the physicality. Let’s hope he brings his skills today…and leaves the nerves in the clubhouse.
I think heard that Lynn made a statement right after his last appearance, that the forearm tightness has actually sorta’ been there, off & on…as long as he can remember. Not sure what that means, tho’. Hmmmm.
Bet it was a great concert, eh? ; )

We’re heading to Rascal Flatts on Sun. night.Best part:the ‘Greatfuldeads’ before the concert at a place called Black-Eyed-Sally’s.They’ll only serve two per customer. They’re purple and contain more things than I can remember. I had two….I think.
Totally agree with McClellan analysis of our young guys.When in doubt throw it slower not faster.June 13th and we have 40 wins.I can’t believe even the most die-hard Cards fan could have predicted that.

Hey, Jenifer. Can you find out what that thing is, the players do with both their hands out and fingers moving, after a run gets on? : )

They’ve been doing that for years, going back to when Edward Mujica created the gesture to mimic a bird.

And to think,I thought it was the ‘Bat’ signal:)

Yeah, I was thinkin’ something more along those lines. ; )

Jennifer, can you give us a run down of all of our injuries and their status? I am losing track and have been scanning articles trying to find an update on each player.

All the necessary updates are over on Cardinals.com. Yesterday I wrote about Lance Lynn’s injury (http://m.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article/130229440/cardinals-lose-lance-lynn-to-disabled-list) and progress being made by Marco Gonzales, Jordan Walden (http://m.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article/130243252/walden-may-pitch-before-all-star-break)

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