"[I'm] just keeping everything the same, not making too much of it," Lyons said. "[I'm] just sticking with what I was doing down [in the Minors] and trying to use that here."
Lyons has the opportunity to learn from past mistakes, too. His start in Cincinnati on June 8 lasted 5 1/3 innings, and Lyons gave up four earned runs on six hits and a walk in the loss. Four of those hits were by left-handed hitters. Jay Bruce tagged Lyons for a home run, Joey Votto tallied two doubles and Shin-Soo Choo led off the first with a single.
It is the Cardinals' hope that this time around Lyons can have improved success specifically against those lefties. That was one of the reasons why the club tabbed him -- not Michael Wacha or Carlos Martinez as the fill-in starter. The Reds are 22-21 in games started by left-handers this season.
"Maybe left-on-left is a little bit of an advantage, but you still have to make pitches obviously," Lyons said. "If you make s a mistake, they can still hit it. Hopefully, I can use that to my advantage."
In a stat that Lyons found surprising, lefties are actually hitting him at a better clip (.289) than right-handers (.242) this year.
If Lyons performs well Monday, he has the opportunity to remain in the rotation for at least a few more turns. That would put him in line to face the Pirates in two consecutive starts.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.