Cardinals Make Last-Minute Starting Pitcher Change for Thursday's Game

Adam Taylor McKillop
The St. Louis Cardinals made. last-minute starting pitcher change for Thursday's game against the Orioles.
The St. Louis Cardinals made. last-minute starting pitcher change for Thursday's game against the Orioles. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals are in matinee action on Thursday afternoon as the team looks to take the rubber match in their three-game interleague series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Ahead of this rubber game, Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol made a late change to today's probable pitcher.

Cardinals Probable Pitcher

According to Cardinals insider Derrick Goold, Jordan Hicks will no longer start on Thursday afternoon. Instead, Steven Matz will take the bump for his seventh start of the 2022 campaign.

Steven Matz Cardinals

Matz is off to a tough start this season. He's 3-2 by the official win-loss record, but owns a dismal 7.01 ERA. This matchup against an Orioles' offense that ranks bottom five in scoring could be a "get-me-right" game for the veteran lefty.

Baltimore rankings 26th in runs scored, at just 3.48 runs per game, and 22nd in team OPS (.656).

It's still unclear Marmol's exact reasoning for the change. However, the Cardinals are scheduled for a pair of competitive series over the next week. St. Louis will take on the San Francisco Giants (19-12) this weekend and begin a three-game series against the New York Mets (21-11) on Monday, May 16.

St. Louis heads into this Thursday tilt with the Orioles as -205 moneyline favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB Odds.

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