The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals will face off on Sunday afternoon with the winner taking the 3-game series victory. First pitch is set for 2:15pm ET.
St. Louis Cardinals
|Jonathan India – 2B||Tommy Edman – 2B|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Paul Goldschmidt – 1B|
|Nick Castellanos – RF||Tyler O’Neill – LF|
|Joey Votto – 1B||Nolan Arenado – 3B|
|Eugenio Suárez – SS||Dylan Carlson – RF|
|Aristides Aquino – LF||Paul DeJong – SS|
|Asdrúbal Cabrera – 3B||Harrison Bader – CF|
|Delino DeShields – CF||Andrew Knizner – C|
|Sonny Gray – SP||J.A. Happ – SP|
Over the last four starts Sonny Gray has allowed just four earned runs in 23.0 innings while giving up just nine hits, walking four, and he’s struck out 22 batters. He has allowed three home runs in that stretch.
Gray has dominated left-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .194/.282/.345 line this season. Righties have found more success, hitting .259/.325/.415 against him. Gray has pitched better on the road. His ERA away from Cincinnati is 3.02 (4.65 at home) and his OPS against is .626 (.737 at home).
Pitch usage from 2021
On the season as a whole, J.A. Happ has a 6.24 ERA, but since joining the Cardinals he’s posted a 4.72 ERA in seven starts. He faced the Reds less than two weeks ago and allowed seven runs and didn’t record an out in the 2nd inning.
Right-handed hitters have hit .301/.354/.569 against Happ this season. Lefties don’t get many opportunities against him, but ones that do have hit .277/.325/.420 in 121 plate appearances against him. The home and road splits don’t hold as much value given that he’s been in both leagues this year, but his home ERA is 5.38 in 14 starts this season.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 2:15pm ET
- Where: Busch Stadium
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 81°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
Notes Worth Nothing
Jose Barrero and Tyler Naquin are out
After last night’s collision that saw Tyler Naquin exit the game, both Naquin and Jose Barrero are out of the lineup today. Prior to the game this afternoon manager David Bell noted that Barrero would likely be available off of the bench today and that Naquin was “in pretty good shape, considering (the collision)”. He was still going to be checked out prior to the game, so as of the time Bell spoke to the media he was unsure if Naquin would be available today or not.
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