Atlanta Braves @St. Louis Cardinals
Friday, 5/16 8:15 PM
Ervin Santana, RHP (4-0, 1.99 ERA/2.29 FIP/2.62 xFIP) vs Lance Lynn, RHP (4-2, 3.83 ERA/3.36 FIP/3.45 xFIP)
After getting a chance to rest a bruised right thumb that affected him in his previous two starts, Santana tossed seven scoreless against the Cubs on Saturday. He has allowed less than two runs in four of six starts.
Saturday, 5/17 2:15 PMFor the fourth time in eight starts this season, Lynn allowed three or more runs in an inning his last time out. It cost him a three-run lead and the Cardinals a win. He is now winless in his last four games after winning his first four.
Aaron Harang, RHP (4-3, 2.98 ERA/2.55 FIP/3.44 xFIP) vs Shelby Miller, RHP (5-2, 3.22 ERA/5.90 FIP/4.92 xFIP)
Harang has continued to exceed the expectations that were present when he signed with the Braves on March 24. He allowed nine earned runs against the Marlins on April 30. But he's produced a 1.44 ERA in his other six starts.
Miller has not made a dominant start this season. Walks (27 in 44 2/3 innings) continue to be a large problem, and he has yet to pitch into the seventh inning. He gave up two runs in five innings in a start at Atlanta on May 5.
Sunday, 5/18 2:15 PM
Gavin Floyd, RHP (0-1, 2.70 ERA/2.58 FIP/2.29 xFIP) vs Jaime Garcia, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA/0.00 FIP/0.00 xFIP)
Floyd has shown impressive command during the two starts he has made since returning from Tommy John surgery. Two hits recorded on 0-2 pitches doomed him as he allowed three seventh-inning runs against the Giants on Monday.
Garcia will come off the disabled list to make his first start since May 17, 2013. He has recovered from shoulder surgery and pitched five innings in a Triple-A game Monday. He will be limited to a pitch count of about 90-95.