After being shutout in the series opener on Friday, the Cincinnati Reds took care of business on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis and beat the Cardinals 8-4 to even up the series. The two teams will get back at it this afternoon with the winner taking the series victory. First pitch is set for 2:15pm ET…. if the rain stops.
St. Louis Cardinals
|TJ Friedl – CF||Brendan Donovan – 1B|
|Matt McLain – SS||Paul Goldschmidt – DH|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Nolan Gorman – 2B|
|Elly De La Cruz – 3B||Nolan Arenado – 3B|
|Spencer Steer – 1B||Willson Contreras – C|
|Tyler Stephenson – DH||Dylan Carlson – RF|
|Will Benson – RF||Jordan Walker – LF|
|Stuart Fairchild – LF||Paul DeJong – SS|
|Curt Casali – C||Tommy Edman – CF|
|Hunter Greene – RHP||Adam Wainwright – RHP|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Adam Wainwright’s Stats
After dealing with some hip tightness and being skipped in the rotation, Hunter Greene is back on the mound this afternoon. It’ll be 10 days since he last pitched and despite giving up just one run in the game in his 6.0 innings he took the loss in Boston. In the start prior to that he tossed 6.0 hitless innings against the Cubs.
It doesn’t seem that opposing managers are paying much attention to the information that should be readily available to them because they continue to send a bunch of left-handed hitters to the plate against Hunter Greene despite 187.2 big league innings worth of information that says they hit him much worse than right-handed hitters do. In 2022 lefties had an OPS 138 points worse against Greene than righties. This season they have an OPS 264 points worse. Yet despite all of that more lefties have seen Greene this year than righties.
It’s been a tough year for Adam Wainwright. He missed the first six weeks of the season and has made just six starts for St. Louis. He has allowed less than three runs just once.
This season left-handed hitters have been crushing the ball against Wainwright. They are making tons of contact and hitting for plenty of power, though they only have one homer against him there’s been 13 extra-base hits from leftes in his six starts. Right-handed hitters have an OPS nearly 300 points lower than lefties. They have been solid across the board but haven’t done a bunch of damage.
When and Where
- Game time: 2:15pm ET
- Where: Busch Stadium
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 67°, rain showers, 90% chance of rain
News and Notes
Casey Legumina activated, Kevin Herget optioned
Cincinnati activated reliever Casey Legumina from the 15-day injured list this afternoon and have optioned Kevin Herget to Triple-A.
Nick Senzel to Triple-A for rehab
The Cincinnati Reds have sent Nick Senzel to join the Louisville Bats for a rehab assignment. He’s not eligible to return until Friday, so expect him to spend a few days with the team to get some at-bats and time in the field.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|