Series Preview: Padres Head to St. Louis
By Nick Lee
Aug 10, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2 features two good young pitchers in All-Star Tyson Ross (11-10, 2.63 ERA) and Lance Lynn (12-8, 2.97 ERA). Ross leads the Padres with 11 wins. He has 10 strikeouts with 4 earned runs in 12 innings in his last 2 starts. He has not lost since July 13th. He pitched against the Cardinals on July 29th and got the win by pitching 6 innings, striking out 7 and only allowing 1 run. Ross has a decent line on the road this year, going 5-5 with a 3.48 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 72 innings.
Lynn has had 3 starts against the Padres in his career. He is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 17 innings. He has been impressive at home this year with a 7-3 record and 2.60 ERA. In 13 starts at Busch Stadium this year, he has only allowed one home run. He also has a 2.32 ERA since the All-Star break.
With Molina on the shelf, the Cardinals look to Matt Adams and Matt Holliday to get runs off of Ross. Adams is hitting .302 with 12 HRs and 52 RBI, Holliday also has 12 HRs and 59 RBI. They do not hit many home runs, in fact, the Padres have hit more home runs this year than St. Louis.