The Cincinnati Reds (28-30) will go for their first four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals (26-31) since May 2003. The Reds haven’t won four straight games at any point against the Cardinals since 2012.

The Reds had their 13th comeback win of the season yesterday. The Reds trailed the Cardinals 4-1 entering the 7th inning before a three-run home run from Patrick Kivlehan, and a two-run home run from Joey Votto.

Starting Pitchers

Scott Feldman has struggled over his last two starts: 9.1 IP, 8 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 5 K. Feldman’s only start this season against the Cardinals came on April 9th, and it was a good one: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Feldman’s only other appearance against the Cardinals came all the way back in 2003.

Mike Leake will already be making his 7th career start against the Reds (4.95 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). Leake is having a really nice year for the Cardinals, but has struggled over his last 2 starts (13.2 IP, 9 ER, 4 HR). Leake has been great against the Reds in 2 starts this season: 14.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K.

Starting Lineups

You can find the lineups here.

Conclusion

How cool would it be for the Reds to pull off a four game sweep of the Cardinals? I’ll answer: pretty cool. Go Reds!

About The Author

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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86 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    a S-W-E-E-P would be oh so S-W-E-E-T !!!
    Brooms up, locked and loaded.

    • renbutler

      Life is good…

      …but is it really ever so good that we could sweep the Cards in four games?

      It almost feels like we’re asking too much.

  2. GreatRedLegsFan

    I’d insert Gennett to open the line-up and move Hamilton to the bottom: Gennett 2B, Cozart SS, Votto 1B, Duvall LF, Schebler RF, Suarez 3B, C, Hamilton CF, P. I’d also move Lorenzen to the starting rotation to couple with Adleman, Asher, Feldman & Garrett, until more arms become available.

    • IndyRedMan

      I think the Reds figure Billy’s .300 obp = anyone else’s .350. I reluctantly agree with that at this point. I think Peraza has a better chance to mature and become a .340-.350 obp leadoff type. Peraza 1st & Billy 9th would be the best case scenario if Peraza improves down the road.

  3. IndyRedMan

    Yes…good teams pile on teams that are struggling! I hope Dick Williams doesn’t mess with the chemistry too much until they see what they can do with Finnegan, Homer, and Romano on the horizon! Nice call to give Suarez a day off imo….he’s had some key hits but he hasn’t been hot since April.

  4. renbutler

    By the way, if you’re looking for the game on TV, it’s on the MLB Network alternate channel today, and there is NO blackout for the Reds market.

    On DirecTV, the game is on 213-1.

    • renbutler

      You should also be able to get it on MLB alt. in LA and Detroit. Just about everywhere else will get the Angels and Tigers.

  5. Jim Walker

    Thanks I guess. The one app I don’t seem to have loaded into my road warrior tool box is MLB network ;-(

    • vegastypo

      I was able to use mlb.com, get the video feed from the Cardinals and overlay it with Reds radio for the audio.

  6. Shchi Cossack

    Price has apparently adopted a Zobrist super-utility role for Gennett…

    1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
    2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
    3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    4. Adam Duvall (R) LF
    5. Scott Schebler (L) RF
    6. Scooter Gennett (L) 3B
    7. Jose Peraza (R) 2B
    8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
    9. Scott Feldman (L) P

  7. IndyRedMan

    Major League Baseball is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, a league official confirmed to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers on Thursday

    Remember when the Cubs getting Russell from Oakland was hyped like it was the biggest steal in mlb history? He’s always young A-Rod vs the Reds but pretty ordinary vs everyone else.

  8. james garrett

    Just one comment on Feldman at the plate.Will somebody please tell him to not swing at the first pitch nor when he is ahead in the count.He swung at the first pitch again today and makes an out.

    • Big56dog

      Maybe Schebler should also try to work the count, but seriously doubt Leake going to walk many, might as well avoid getting in an 0-1 hole

    • Big56dog

      Duvall is too, 10-21 vs. the pitcher he was traded for

  9. vegastypo

    Neither of today’s singles by Duvall were hit particularly hard, but his career numbers against Leake are now 10 for 21, 2 home runs and 2 doubles.

  10. IndyRedMan

    Billy is at .228 lifetime w/risp:(

  11. vegastypo

    Hard to believe the Reds have 7 hits and a walk in four innings and can’t score.

  12. seat101

    How far into a game do they let Mike Leake go now? Doesn’t usually start to fade around pitch 75?

  13. james garrett

    Perfect example of why Billy doesn’t need to hit at the top of the order.In run scoring situations the infield is in and so is the outfield.On the ground its an out and he won’t hit it far enough in the air to get a sac fly.

  14. Old-school

    Tom groeschen enquirer is reporting Bailey will start Friday for Pensacola and throw 60 pitches and Finnegan will start Sunday and throw 45-50…. Both slated for return to reds late June….that is good news!

  15. james garrett

    Great news OLD-SCHOOL regarding Homer and Finny.Any update on Disco?

    • vegastypo

      They had Sheldon as the reporter’s turn during the radio broadcast, and he said what Old School was saying, but he didn’t mention Disco.

    • Old-school

      This is groeschen enquirer quoting price…can find the article on enquirer web page…..disco is August..still has ways to go.

  16. VaRedsFan

    Amazing how batter vs. pitcher stats provide a good base on what to expect.
    Duvall seems to own Leake.
    It’s a must if you play daily fantasy.

    Thanks for posting these in your pre-game write up Nick

    • Patrick Jeter

      If you put stock in 20 PA sample sizes, I guess! ha! 😉

      • vegastypo

        It’s probably coincidence, of course, but it is odd when a batter seems to have a pitcher’s number. Todd Helton used to give Cueto a bad, bad time.

  17. james garrett

    Scooter with a knock and a RBI.Keep the line moving.

  18. Big56dog

    Gotta like the Reds chances when Feldman gets 3 AB’s and Leake does not even get a 2nd- feels like they should be up by a lot more

  19. Shchi Cossack

    Just took a quick gander at gameday…

    • Shchi Cossack

      Stupid old, piece-of-trash computer!!!

      Feldman looks like he’s dealing against the dirty birds: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 4 SO & 0 BB

      Going into the bottom of the 6th…

      Votto 3-3
      Duvall 3-3 w/ 1 2B
      Gennett 2-3
      Barnhart 1-1 w/ 2 BB

  20. jazzmanbbfan

    And Votto does it again!!!!!!

    • Old-school

      I did not see this coming after the Atlanta pitching debacle. Glad to be so wrong.

  21. james garrett

    On the first pitch again.He’s got them all confused.

  22. renbutler

    Man, this team is streaky.

    They look headed to the World Series in the first half of each month, and a first draft pick overall in the second half of each month.

  23. james garrett

    Got to beat teams when they aren’t playing well.

  24. IndyRedMan

    Please bottle it up boys and take it to LA!! San Diego just swept the Cubs so they can be dangerous too! Wood has been great for LA and is supposed to come off the DL this weekend plus Kershaw? Its never easy in LA

    • vegastypo

      I’m hoping they don’t face Kershaw, but then again, nothing is easy when the Reds come out here …

      • renbutler

        We are not scheduled to face Kershaw in LA, but the Dodgers will be visiting Cincinnati soon after, so who knows…

  25. james garrett

    I second that INDY but its always tough for us out there.

  26. james garrett

    I wouldn’t have believed this if I hadn’t just looked but Feldman’s ERA is better then Cueto’s.He is pitching today against the Brewers and they have scored on him in the first.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Feldman is pitching like an average MLB starting pitcher and has the numbers to back it up. He might appeal to a team trying to make the playoffs but needing to strengthen the back end of their rotation rather than needing a pitcher to take them through the playoffs.

  27. lost11found

    At this rate I’d send feldman out for the 8th. Try to get the pen as much rest as you can in the old school way.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Give him a base runner, then pull him. The Old Cossack was getting a little antsy with 2 on and 1 out last inning.

    • msanmoore

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  28. Mike Adams

    I don’t get it. Up until Carpenter’s HR, Brice got NO called strikes, even though at least 3 called balls were within the strike zone according to Gameday.

    • msanmoore

      Robot strike zone for everybody … we need to have tighter control over that aspect of the game to make it more consistent. Way too much variance.

  29. james garrett

    Not a good job by Brice right there.Lot of wiggle room but have to keep them in the park.

    • Mike Adams

      The ump would NOT give Brice a strike at the bottom of the zone in that inning.
      On my comment above, when I say 3 called balls were within the strike zone, every time the ball was completely in the zone with a wide margin to the edge of the zone. I think Brice had to adjust his pitching to the ump’s calls, so Carpenter got some high ones to swing at.

  30. james garrett

    Billy 0-5 today and didn’t get it out of the infield.He went 3 -16 with 2 walks in the series but if we can sweep the Cards who cares.

  31. brmreturns

    ‘Neck-Tat’ with a K to end the game…… S – W – E – E – P 🙂

  32. vegastypo

    Molina makes a feeble swing for strike three … And THIS ONE belongs to the Reds !!!!

  33. james garrett

    Iggy made short work of them on 7 pitches with 2 strike outs.Reds sweep the Cards.Who would have guessed it?

  34. Big56dog

    Is it my imagination does Raisel makes closing at games a lot less of an adventure than Aroldis did. 7 pitches with 2K pretty efficient

    • vegastypo

      Iglesias has had a few adventures, but he hasn’t been Coco worthy. Thank God.

    • Mike Adams

      Maybe it is confidence. Previously it seems to me he was a little wilder like Aroldis. But lately he really has good command: “Here is good stuff coming at you, see if you can hit it!”

      • jazzmanbbfan

        He’s pitched 3 of the last 4 games. Wondering if that “regular” work for 1 inning keeps him more consistent. I absolutely have no idea or if that even makes much sense but he sure has looked good. I did love watching Chapman come out of the pen and overpower hitters but big picture I think I’m more comfortable with RI.

  35. james garrett

    You are right about Iggy.He throws strikes with multiple pitches and can and has hit 100 at times.He has so many arm angles he can make guys really look silly.Biggest thing is he throws quality strikes though.Chapman was and is a freak with his 100+ fastball yet he threw lot of pitches most of the time to get 3 outs and still does.

  36. james garrett

    One small thing but Suarez did come in for Scooter at third base.Price is thinking and was correct move.

  37. james garrett

    One other odd thing was Joey went 4 for 4 and saw 8 pitches while Schebler saw 6 pitches including being hit and 0-3.That’s two odd things isn’t it.Reds sweep the Cards.

  38. JB WV

    Reds get decent to good starting pitching and they win. Solid offensively, solid defensively, great back end of the bullpen. Sooooo…..At the end of the month: Finnnegan, Homer, Feldman, Adleman, and ? I’m rooting for Garrett to rebound and take that 5th spot.

    • WVRedlegs

      Best news of the day department:
      Cody Reed threw 8.0 shutout innings today for Louisville. He might be back in the conversation.

      • cfd3000

        That is good news. Between Reed, Feldman and Votto and a Sweep! of the Cardinals, this has been a good day for the Reds.

      • JB WV

        He definitely has the stuff. It’s all a head game with his control.

    • Old-school

      I said Garret at the beginning of the year…but he needs 8-10 starts in my view to reboot….if Romano knocks out 3-4 good ones…I’d say him.

  39. james garrett

    Feldman was really good today.Got that key double play in the 7th to finish his day.Iggy was nasty good and Votto was well Votto.

  40. james garrett

    Speaking of Votto we have seen him at times choke up with two strikes against a hard thrower.Did anybody notice he did that last night against Rosenthal before he even threw a pitch?He then homers.Man is a student and knows what works for him.