The Cincinnati Reds (31-43) finish their seven game road trip with one game in St. Louis (34-40) as a make-up game from April 26th. The Reds were living high two weeks ago with a four game series sweep over the Redbirds, which put them within one game of the .500 mark. Unfortunately, the Reds have only gone 2-13 since beating up on the Cardinals and are obviously hoping to continue their good play against St. Louis again tonight.
Since that four games series in Cincinnati, the Cardinals haven’t fared much better winning just three of ten against the Brewers, Orioles, and Pirates. They did have the benefit of playing the Phillies, taking 5 of those six games.
Brandon Finnegan is with the Reds again after a 3-game rehab stint split between AA and AAA. This will be just his 4th start of the year after missing most of the past two months with his shoulder injury.
Michael Wacha may be pitching to stay in the Cardinals rotation tonight. Wacha has only made it through five innings once in his last six starts.
The Reds are seeking to do something this season that they haven’t done since 2006…outscore the St. Louis Cardinals in their season series. In 2006, the Reds took 9 of 15 from the Cardinals but only outscored St. Louis 70-69. So far this season, the Reds are 7-2 while outscoring the Cardinals 52-30. After today, these two teams won’t see each other until a pair of three game series in September.