After losing two out of three to the Brewers, the Reds (57-77) move on to face another NL Central team as they look to stop the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals (75-59) in a three game weekend series at Busch Stadium. First pitch is at 8:15 ET.
Last time the Reds played the Cardinals, St. Louis was 50-50, 8.5 games out of first place. Fast forward a little over a month and the Cardinals have won seven of their last 10 games and are a half game ahead of the Brewers for the first wild card spot. St. Louis recently took the interim tag off manager Mike Shildt, who replaced a fired Mike Matheny earlier this season.
In Homer BaileyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last start against the Cubs, he fared better than the numbers suggest. While he gave up six runs in five innings, only three were earned. He did give up one home run and only struck out two, but he walked zero batters.
Bailey has faced St. Louis three times this season, surrendering eight runs and 16 hits, including three home runs, in 19.1 innings. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s struck out 16 Cardinal batters and walked six this season.
Though he hasn’t hit any home runs off him yet, Matt Carpenter does have a 1.025 OPS against Bailey and Carpenter has been one of the best hitters in the league lately. Also, watch out for Matt Adams, whose OPS is 1.733 in 15 plate appearances.
The last time Austin Gomber pitched against the Reds, it was his first major league start. He took a no-hitter to the seventh inning, but ultimately gave up two runs and two hits, while walking two and striking out six in 6.1 innings.
Since that day, Gomber has gone on to start five more games, and he’s pitched fairly well, only faltering once against Pittsburgh back in July. His problem seems to be control, as he’s walked 24 in 48.1 innings. In his last start, at Coors Field (a known hitter’s park), he gave up only one run in six innings while striking out six and walking just one.
Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez are the only Reds who have a hit off Gomber. Votto has two singles, and Suarez has a home run.
With Cody Reed not making it out of the fifth inning yesterday and the Reds having played extra innings in each of the last two games, Jim Riggleman will look to Bailey to go deep in the game tonight. He used six relievers in Thursday’s game and six relievers in Wednesday’s game, nearly all of the same pitchers. If I had to guess, I’d say Michael Lorenzen doesn’t pitch since he’s pitched 3.1 innings the last two days.
As for the Cardinals, their bullpen has fared a little better. They used five relievers Thursday, but nearly all of them were used less than an innings. The night before that, four were used for an inning apiece.
|1.Ã‚Â Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (CF)
2.Ã‚Â Jose PerazaÃ‚Â (SS)
3.Ã‚Â Joey VottoÃ‚Â (1B)
4.Ã‚Â Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (3B)
5.Ã‚Â Scooter GennettÃ‚Â (2B)
6.Ã‚Â Phillip ErvinÃ‚Â (LF)
7.Ã‚Â Scott ScheblerÃ‚Â (RF)
8.Ã‚Â Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (C)
9.Ã‚Â Homer BaileyÃ‚Â (P)
|1.Ã‚Â Matt CarpenterÃ‚Â (3B)
2.Ã‚Â Yadier MolinaÃ‚Â (C)
3.Ã‚Â Jose MartinezÃ‚Â (RF)
4.Ã‚Â Matt AdamsÃ‚Â (1B)
5.Ã‚Â Tyler O’NeillÃ‚Â (LF)
6.Ã‚Â Paul DeJongÃ‚Â (SS)
7.Ã‚Â Harrison BaderÃ‚Â (CF)
8.Ã‚Â Yairo MunozÃ‚Â (2B)
9.Ã‚Â Austin GomberÃ‚Â (P)
News, Notes, and Pregame Reading
#Reds say RHP Matt Wisler will be called up for tonight's game. A corresponding move will be announced before gametime. Wisler was part of the Adam Duvall trade
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