Gibson scheduled to start Saturday at Arizona


Greenfield’s Kyle Gibson is scheduled to make his third start of the season for the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday.

Gibson (1-1) and the Cardinals are in Arizona for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks, first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.

Ryne Nelson (0-2) is Arizona’s scheduled starter.

Gibson, 36, is coming off the winningest season of his 12-year major league career. He went 15-9 last season with the Baltimore Orioles.

He signed a $12 million one-year free agent deal with the Cardinals in November.

In his season-opening start on April 1 at San Diego, Gibson earned his first victory of the year. He threw seven innings of four-hit baseball against the Padres, gave up two earned runs, struck out four and walked two. He threw 94 pitches.

In his second start, on April 7, and first start as a Cardinal at Busch Stadium, Gibson threw six innings in a 10-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. He gave up seven earned runs, all in his first two innings — including a six-run first — before finishing his outing with four scoreless innings. He struck out five, walked one, and gave up seven hits on 94 pitches.

This weekend’s series in Phoenix is the first time the veteran Gibson has thrown against the Diamondbacks since fellow Greenfield-Central grad Drey Jameson made his major league debut with Arizona in 2022.

Jameson, unfortunately, is not on the active roster of the Diamondbacks this season.

After getting a September call-up, Jameson finished the 2022 season 3-0 in four starts.

He opened the 2023 season on the big-league roster and had 15 appearances, including three starts, before his season ended with an injury. Jameson was 3-1 with one save.

He was placed on the injured list in July with elbow inflammation and, in September, the club announced Jameson would undergo Tommy John Surgery. He is expected to miss the entire 2024 season.

Going into Friday’s game, the first of the series, both the Cardinals and Diamondbacks are 6-7. The Cardinals are in fifth place in the National League Central Division, three games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates. The D-backs are in third place in the NL West, trailing the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers by three games.