The Cincinnati Reds (26-30) square off tonight at 7:10 PM against the St. Louis Cardinals (26-29) in the second game of a four game series at GABP. The Reds had an exciting 4-2 comeback win last evening, courtesy of a big seventh inning. The Reds now find themselves just 3.0 games out of first place in the division.
Tim Adleman has put together back to back quality starts on the road (at PHI, at TOR): 14.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 K. Adleman’s biggest struggle this season has been giving up the long ball. The good news for him is that the Cardinals rank 27th in the MLB in home runs. The bad news is that Adleman has already been beat around by the Cardinals this season back in April: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 3 K.
Adam Wainwright will be making his 23rd career start against the Reds (4.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP). The Reds really beat around Wainwright during his down year a season ago (4 GS, 6.55 ERA). However, Wainwright is on an absolute tear right now. Over his last four starts, he has allowed just 1 run (26.1 IP, 0.34 ERA, 16 H, 0 HR, 10 BB, 21 K).
The Reds starting pitching has been historically bad. Yet somehow, someway, the Reds are just 3.0 games out of first place in the division. The Reds could move ahead of the Cardinals in the standings with a win tonight, so tonight is a big game. Go Reds!