The Cincinnati Reds (63-85) play their final St. Louis Cardinals (93-56) series of the season. Despite losing 3 of 4 to the Reds one weekend ago and 2 of 3 to the Cubs this most recent weekend, the Cardinals still have the best record in baseball and a four game lead in the National League Central.

The Reds have won seven of the 16 contests played between these two clubs and have a chance to have a winning 2015 record against the Cardinals if they can sweep the three game series at Busch Stadium.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
John Lamb 5.35 3.77 1.2 8.0% 25.9%
Jaime Garcia 2.52 3.09 0.4 6.0% 18.2%

In his last outing against the Cardinals, Lamb pitched five shutout innings, striking out six but also walking six. Lamb sailed through the first three innings against the Giants last week before hitting a wall with a 34-pitch 4th inning that included a Buster Posey three run homerun. Jeremy Conley scouted Lamb’s last start in San Francisco and has this optimistic conclusion:

“I came away very excited for Lamb’s future. He’s got all of the tools that he needs to be a third starter on a good MLB team, and the issues that he has seemed more related to youth and inexperience, rather than talent. With good health, a better game plan, and a more consistent delivery, he’ll get a lot of outs for the Reds over the next five years or so.”

Jaime Garcia has had back-to-back rough starts against the Reds and the Brewers. Two outings ago against Cincinnati, Garcia allowed six runs over 4.1 innings. Last week against Milwaukee, he allowed four runs in 6.1 innings. The Reds have beaten St. Louis both times Garcia started against them this season.

STARTING LINEUPS
Tonight’s Reds lineup:

  1. Jason Bourgeois (R) CF
  2. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
  3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
  5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
  6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
  7. Adam Duvall (R) LF
  8. Ramon Cabrera (S) C
  9. John Lamb (L) P

The Cardinals are dealing with injuries to Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina, who are both out of the lineup today:

  1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
  2. Tommy Pham (R) CF
  3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
  4. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
  5. Stephen Piscotty (R) 1B
  6. Randal Grichuk (R) LF
  7. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
  8. Tony Cruz (R) C
  9. Jaime Garcia (L) P

CENTERFIELD INJURIES
Ryan LaMarre injured his hamstring while running out a groundout to shortstop in Sunday’s game against the Brewers. Bryan Price was quoted after the game saying “I don’t anticipate him playing in the next few days.”

Billy Hamilton is expected to rejoin the club in St. Louis today but will be restricted to a pinch running role.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
The Reds had a strong, winning series against the Cardinals ten days ago in Cincinnati. The Reds also won two out of three the the last time they played in Busch Stadium. I’d love to see the Reds make Cardinal fans sweat tonight and play a role in pushing them off the the division throne.

I’m not expecting the Reds to sweep St. Louis, but how crazy would it be for the 2015 Reds to have a winning record against the Cardinals?

Go REDS!

34 Responses

  1. lwblogger2

    Pham, Piscotty, Grichuk… Ok, the latter two are both 1st-rounders but where has Pham come from? He struggled in the minors until going into the hitter-friendly PCL. He gets called to the Majors and keeps right on raking. The Cards have one heck of a development pipeline that just keeps running solid talent up to the big club.

  2. wildwestlv

    No Yadi? But…I want to face the best the Cards have to offer…oh, who am I kidding? I’m glad he’s gone. Holliday too!

    • vegastypo

      (Among other things in the article, I thought this was interesting, too.)

      As he retools the club and helps to rebuild attendance, Jocketty said he would be in the market for at least one veteran pitcher and perhaps more.

      He can’t recall being in such a process since the end of the 1999 season and before the 2000 season in St. Louis when he brought in the likes of Jim Edmonds, Darryl Kile, Pat Hentgen, Andy Benes (who had been there several years earlier), Fernando Vina and a catcher named Mike Matheny.

      “That’s where we started our run,” said Jocketty, of a streak of seven playoff appearances in eight years. “We made a lot of deals.”

      • VaRedsFan

        “It was the seventh inning that killed us,” said Jocketty.

        I thought they had bigger problems in the 8th.

        How is it the the St Louis paper can interview Jocketty, but the Cincy papers can’t?

  3. ohiojimw

    Per Mark Sheldon during the beat reporters’ sound byte on Reds radio, the big meeting about Hamilton’s status took place before the game. No public statement was made after the meeting but Jocketty will talk to the media about the situation post game.

    Sheldon says that he believes surgery was one of the options put forward by Dr Kremchek (sooprise, sooprise, sooprise). As I understand it from Price’s pregame radio, Kremchek was not to be at the meeting. Price, WJ, Hamilton, and the Reds trainers were going to review Kremchek’s report, options given, and recommendations and decide on the course to follow.

    If WJ is meeting with the media after the game, to me that pretty much tips it surgery was likely the decision.

  4. msanmoore

    OK, 3rd inning was a little dicey, but he made it through and at only 37 pitches. I still really like what I see with this kid.

    • vegastypo

      Me too, unless they show him in a dress again. The black-eye look was scary enough for me.

      • msanmoore

        Oh I missed that … and I’m pretty sure I’m glad I did.

  5. james garrett

    Walt still trying to sell we will compete.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Refreshing to see a directly behind the pitcher viewpoint.

  7. james garrett

    Five pitch inning for Garcia and we had a hit.Great patience shown by Frazier and Bruce.Get up Lamb no time to rest.

  8. msanmoore

    Please not the 5th Inning Follies tonight … (heavy sigh)

  9. ohiojimw

    5th inning, 3rd time thruline up, 2 on, two out, #2 hitter batting. Lamb showed some progress by escaping unscathed.

    • msanmoore

      +25 and color my happy (for the moment)

  10. msanmoore

    He was blowing a bubble as he slid into 2nd?

  11. msanmoore

    Once again, FX shows both those first two pitches on the same vertical plane … so why do we still let the umps call balls and strikes?

  12. VaRedsFan

    Brewers get 30 year old assistant GM from the Astros as their new GM

  13. msanmoore

    80 through 6 and still escaping some jambs … loving me a little Lamb tonight!

  14. msanmoore

    What in the TOOTBLAN was that???

  15. VaRedsFan

    Lamb needs to realize that Bhop and Parra are warming

  16. VaRedsFan

    Most losses via blown leads…..Reds are 2nd in MLB with 39….Cards lead NL with 41 comeback wins

  17. VaRedsFan

    Price makes pitching change before the lefty Adams is announced…so the Cards send Holliday up.

    • VaRedsFan

      so naturally he strikes him out. Price is a genius

  18. msanmoore

    Early call tomorrow … somebody please score a couple more and then let’s shut them down. Good night, Reds Country!

  19. james garrett

    Just tuned back in and really am impressed by Hoover’s ability to blow the lead and the game while Chapman sets and watches.Great job.

  20. wildwestlv

    Hoover is still the 8th inning set-up man. And by, “set-up”, I mean, “cough-up”, of course.

  21. james garrett

    Closer rules apply even this late in the season.Put down #40 loss when leading and add one more to Cards comeback win total.