After lasting just 1.2 innings tonight while allowing 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, it appears that Tyler Lyons time in the Cardinals starting rotation is nearing its end.
With three off days coming up, the Cards can skip Lyons' turn in the rotation and give themselves some time to figure out who they'll use the next time a 5th starter is needed.
The Cardinals have days off on June 24, 27 and July 1. Thus, the next time the Cardinals need a 5th starter is on July 6th against the Marlins. Not a bad team for a pitcher to make his first major league start against.
Who might they call up?
My money is on Carlos Martinez. However, the Cardinals have surprised us with their decisions before, going against the grain or conventional thought.
Another option might be Boone Whiting. He has pitched well at Memphis, with a 4-2 record and 3.86 ERA. The 18th round pick in 2010, would be on schedule to pitch on July 6th.
In any case, we'll likely have to wait a couple weeks to see what happens, until then we keep guessing.