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.
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 LambÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s future. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
Tonight’s Reds lineup:
- Jason BourgeoisÃ‚Â (R) CF
- Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Adam DuvallÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Ramon CabreraÃ‚Â (S) C
- John LambÃ‚Â (L) P
The Cardinals are dealing with injuries to Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina, who are both out of the lineup today:
- Matt CarpenterÃ‚Â (L) 3B
- Tommy PhamÃ‚Â (R) CF
- Jason HeywardÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Jhonny PeraltaÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Stephen PiscottyÃ‚Â (R) 1B
- Randal GrichukÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Kolten WongÃ‚Â (L) 2B
- Tony CruzÃ‚Â (R) C
- Jaime GarciaÃ‚Â (L) P
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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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?