Monday, April 8, 2013

Series notes against the Cardinals


As if opening the season against the Los Angeles Angels and the Washington Nationals wasn't enough, the Reds now head to St. Louis for a trio of games against the rival Cardinals.

Dusty Baker's bunch is coming off back-to-back series victories over two teams expected to make legitimate runs at the World Series crown.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are coming home for the first time after posting a 3-3 road trip through Arizona and San Francisco.

The series should shape up to be a good one.

Here is a look at the pitching probables...

MON (4:15) - RHP Mat Latos (0-0, 4.05) vs LHP Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.59)
TUES (8:15) - RHP Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.50) vs RHP Lance Lynn (0-0, 9.00)
WED (1:45) - RHP Homer Bailey (1-0, 0.00) vs RHP Jake Westbrook (0-1, 0.00)

And here are some notables regarding the series...

+ In the 27 previous series in St. Louis since the start of the 2003 season, the Reds are 3-22-2, with their only series wins there in May 2003, June 2006 and September 2011.

+ Monday's game will kick-off the first of 19 between the two foes in 2013.

+ The Reds won't return to Busch Stadium after Wednesday until June 7-9.

+ However, the Cardinals are scheduled to pay their first visit to GABP from April 29 to May 1.

+ Garcia is 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA in six career starts at home versus Cincy.

+ Todd Frazier leads the National League in average (.480), OBP (.519), and OPS (1.439).

+ Jay Bruce is tied for the league lead with two others in doubles (4).

+ Joey Votto leads the league in walks (8).

+ Cincinnati has hit more home runs in 2013 (11) than the Pirates, Padres, Marlins, Astros, and Dodgers combined (9).

+ The Reds and Cards rank second and third, respectively, in runs scored among NL teams (37, 36).

+ Cincy is tied with Arizona for the most strikeouts by a NL pitching staff (62).

+ The Reds have committed just two errors through six games (T-2nd in NL). The Cardinals have committed just three (T-5th).

+ St. Louis won the 2012 season series by a tally of 8-7. They were 4-2 at home.

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