Assuming the weather permits it, tonight the Reds look to end their three game skid and to not be swept out of St. Louis. The Reds are exactly halfway through their 22-game gauntlet of NL Central games to start the season, and while 5-6 is not terrible, the record should certainly be one or two wins higher.
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The hope that the Reds won’t be swept out of St. Louis has already hit its first major obstacle as Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright takes the mound. For his career, Wainwright hasn’t been his most dominant against the Reds, posting a 4.40 ERA in 108.1 innings. However, last year, Wainwright absolutely dominated the Redlegs, shutting them out over 15 innings in two starts and striking out 21.
Mike Leake counters the Cardinals ace, hoping to bounce back from two lackluster starts to begin the season. In five starts against the Cardinals last season, Leake posted a 3.66 ERA, striking out 26 of 130 batters faced (20%).
Kolten Wong returns to Mike Matheny’s lineup but little else has changed over the course of this series. The Cardinals’ lineup:
The Dusty Baker Sunday special makes a reappearance today as Skip Schumaker, Brennan Boesch, and Tucker Barnhart are all starting: The Reds‘ lineup:
BILLY HAMILTON INJURY UPDATE
According to beat reporter Mark Sheldon, Billy will be day-to-day with a sore right groin. Hopefully, this is an accurate description of Billy’s injury and not like Devon Mesoraco’s hip injury, which has been day-to-day for over a week now.
Hamilton has a sore right groin and is viewed as day-to-day. #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) April 18, 2015
VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) April 19, 2015
The Reds struggles in St. Louis are well-documented but for your own manager to vocalize that fact is never a good sign. I still feel that Price is a better manager than Dusty Baker was, but his in-game decisions and off-field comments of late have left me questioning how strong of leader he really is. The news out of camp that Mes and Joey were stepping up into leadership roles gave me hope for a new dynamic, but the results of that have yet to materialize.
It’s a dreary Ã‚Â day in St. Louis, rain has been falling sporadically, and overall, the weather is accurately summing up my feelings towards the Reds right now. Every time I look out the window (or at the team), I have unfounded feelings of hope that the rain will have stopped (and the bullpen and offense will be better). Hopefully, the game will go on, and I will be in the left field bleachers, cheering the Reds to a face-saving win in Busch.