The Cincinnati Reds (11-15) will go for a series win over the St. Louis Cardinals (16-10) today at 2:15 PM at Busch Stadium. The Reds lost 6-3 yesterday as Tyler Mahle could not keep the red-hot Reds pitching going.

Starting Pitchers

Sonny Gray currently leads the MLB with a 1.97 FIP. He has been everything the Reds have hoped for and more in his first five starts in Cincinnati. Since his shaky first start of the year, Gray has only walked 2 batters over his previous 4 starts (28.0 IP). He has been dominant in his last two starts up until the 6th inning. Gray has never faced the Cardinals in his career.

Jack Flaherty has dominant K/9 and BB/9 numbers, but he has been hit pretty hard so far in 2019. He has allowed 9 ER and 5 HR over his last 2 starts. He has a career 4.41 ERA in 4 career starts against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Joey Votto – 1B
  2. Eugenio Suarez – 3B
  3. Jesse Winker – LF
  4. Yasiel Puig – RF
  5. Tucker Barnhart – C
  6. Jose Iglesias – SS
  7. Scott Schebler – CF
  8. Sonny Gray – SP
  9. Jose Peraza – 2B

St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Kolton Wong – 2B
  2. Paul Goldschmidt – 1B
  3. Paul DeJong – SS
  4. Marcell Ozuna – LF
  5. Jose Martinez – RF
  6. Yadier Molina – C
  7. Dexter Fowler – CF
  8. Jedd Gyorko – 3B
  9. Jack Flaherty – SP

Conclusion 

It sure would be nice to leave St. Louis with a win! The difference in a win or loss today is leaving St. Louis 4.0 games back in the division or 6.0 games back. Go Reds!

16 Responses

  1. ToBeDetermined

    Sliotar

    I think Matt means it looks Alright based on what is available.
    You have a guy hitting like .241 that is is leading your club in average.

  2. Indy Red Man

    DD is 2-3 with a bomb off Flaherty? Don’t you have to get him in there somewhere? I know putting Winker in CF is a gamble, but you could try to jump out early and then improve the defense in the middle innings? We’ll see? Big game for the Reds! Need to win to keep some momentum

  3. Indy Red Man

    I also want to say I’m firmly with the Casali>Barnhart crowd. Casali has 584 career atbats with 34 doubles and 23 hrs. He’s decent to good defensively….what else do you want? Tucker is ok, but no reason to give him 400 atbats every year? None whatsover? He even starts quite a bit vs lefties and he’s terrible as a right handed hitter.

    Add Senzel, Casali, Reed, Lorenzen (starter), and VanMeter
    Subtract Schebler, Tucker, Duke, Mahle, and Peraza

    This team would go on a lengthy run!

  4. FreeHouse

    Duke still hasn’t been designated for assignment and Schebler is still starting over Irvin. This week Scheb has gon 0-13 with 10 Ks. Oh and Reed been pitching good also as of late with 3 shutout innings and 5ks. Let’s beat these dirty birds!

  5. Mutton Lettuce Tomato

    Tucker batting 5th? What am I missing here?

  6. Indy Red Man

    Peraza 2 pitches….soft contact. Inning over. If he ever hit the ball on the ground again that might help?

  7. Indy Red Man

    This is the Oakland Sonny Gray here!!! A live arm and a solid delivery! Looks like 2 different speed curveballs. He also just threw a 93 mph cutter. He’s a technician out there. He has a plan!

  8. BigRedMike

    Sounds like Wood will not make his Reds debut anytime soon

    Lot of easy fly balls from the middle infielders today

  9. Jason Hanson

    Then dodgers trade is actually looking bad for the reds. Giving up two prospects for essentially Puig.

  10. TR

    Six innings in and three hits. Iglesias leading the way with a .275 average. No one expected this kind of an offense in the offseason. Obviously Scooter is missed.

  11. Scott C

    Disappointed in lineup today, shades of last year with Barnhart hitting fifth. DD should be at 2B today and batting fifth. Not too disappointed in SS playing centerfield. He has hit some pretty hard, just not falling, that makes his K’s and pop ups look worse. But he should come around. Certainly as others have pointed out this lineup doesn’t scare anyone.

  12. Gerardo Helguera

    Schebler freaking sucks!!!!!!!!

  13. Roger Garrett

    Reds can’t hit.Its home run or they don’t score.Beat the Birds up Friday night and the offense lays down against at best average starting pitching for the next two games.Say all we want to about it but Tucker,Iggy,Peraza,Scott and the pitcher scare nobody at the plate.Outmanned on offense even if Scott was hitting.Just will not consistently score with these 5 guys in the line up.Senzel and Scooter may not be all of the answer but just can’t continue to lose and pitch so well.

  14. Roger Garrett

    Lets be honest.Right now we are not going to score.The first 4 guys in this lineup could be all world at the plate and we still ain’t going to score.You just pitch around them until you get to the 5 hole and the rest is easy.The Reds got some help from the 5 -9 spots on Friday and that’s why they won but its not going to happen often enough.Two of those spots have to be a threat at the plate and we really need 3 in order to carry a defensive guy at 8 and the pitcher.Tucker and Iggy are what they are but Peraza and Scott have to pick it up in order for this team to take the next step.

  15. Chris Holbert

    How much longer do we have to watch Schebler not hit. Senzel is healthy now and he cannot hit worse than the rest of them, and will play defense fine. It is not like they all-star fielding going on out there. I know Ervin is there, but something has to spark them. Pitching is fine. Seriously, Barnhart 5th, come on.