After Friday's unfortunate outing, the St. Louis Cardinals have announced that Tyler Lyons has been demoted to Triple-A Memphis. In his place they have recalled reliever Michael Blazek for the second time this season. The Cardinals have three days off in the next two weeks so they may not need a fifth starter for a while. However, should they need a fifth starter in that time, Manager Mike Matheny has said that Joe Kelly will be the guy.
In his first two starts, Tyler Lyons became the first pitcher in Major League history to go at least seven innings with four hits or less and no runs allowed in both outings. However, since that time he has struggled mightily, posting a 5.51 ERA across his six starts including his first two starts. He had been struggling with his command which failed him altogether on Friday as he allowed four runs in just 1 2/3 innings.
Michael Blazek already made an appearance on Saturday for his MLB debut, as he did not have a chance for an appearance during his last stint with the Cardinals. He struckout Leonys Martin, Jurickson Profar, and retired Ian Kinsler in his inning of work against the Texas Rangers.
In his two extended outings this season, one as a start and one in relief of Lyons on Friday, Joe Kelly has allowed just one earned run across 10 2/3 innings, none of which came on Friday. Should the need arise, Kelly figures to be the fifth starter over the next two weeks if not longer.
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