Atlanta, Georgia 2021-08-02 18:05:07 –
Veteran left-handed Jon Lester will start yet another chapter when St. Louis Cardinals hosts the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.
Leicester (3-5, 5.02 ERA) will open a three-game series at Busch Stadium for the Cardinals who won him in a deal with the Washington Nationals before the deadline on Friday.
Lester threw seven shutout innings during the 18-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on July 19. On his last Nationals outing on July 24, he allowed the Baltimore Orioles to hit two and three home runs in five innings with a 5-3 defeat.
Overall, Leicester has made only three 6 innings with 16 starts this season. He works with future Hall of Fame catcher Yadier Molina to try to press the reset button.
“I think we have to adapt as we get older,” said Leicester, best known for his long stints at the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. “And it can be a little frustrating because I think there are times when it doesn’t work out, so it’s possible to go back to the old way and get twisted and try to get back to the drawing board.
“You need to be a little crazy to get here. I think that can get in the way. But a little … I’m excited to make a new start. It’s pretty cool …. Maybe , He can help me make some of these adjustments and believe they will go down a bit. “
Leicester is 0-1 at 3.38 ERA on two starts with the Braves this season and 7-3 at 2.44 ERA on 13 career starts.
Ozzie Albies (8-12, 1 home run), Adam Duvall (11-36, 2 HR, 3 RBIs) and Ele Adrianza (2-5, 2 RBIs) hit Leicester well.
The Braves are trying to gain a position in the National League East after making some deals before the deadline. They haven’t won a series of games since the three consecutive wins from July 7th to 10th.
Since the All-Star Break, the Braves have faced competing Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers 8-9. Nonetheless, they were four games behind the division-leading Mets before playing on Monday.
“This was a challenge we experienced mentally, physically and in competition,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker. “We’re going to finish the day we started. That’s good because we could have been lying sideways with the team we were playing.”
The Braves will start a series with Max Fried (7-7, 4.32 ERA), who lost 2-1 to the New York Mets at the final start. He hit 9 batters in 7 innings, but he allowed 5 hits and 2 runs in 2 walks.
Fried defeated the Cardinals 9-1 earlier this season and threw well with 2 hits, 2 hits and 1 run in 7 innings. He has recorded a lifetime of 0.61 ERA against St. Louis in three appearances, including two starts, 2-0.
Nolan Arenado (3 to 10, 1 HR, 2 RBI) is the most successful Cardinals against Freed.
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