Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Five mind blowing facts that suggest Cardinals own Reds

Any Reds fan who has followed the team on even a semi-casual basis over the past decade or so is fully aware of their constant struggle against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Reds have been victimized time and time again by the Cardinals' knack for timely hitting, excellent pitching, jaw-dropping defense, and overall tendency to defeat Cincinnati.

Monday night served as further evidence of Cincy's inability to get over the hump against the Redbirds as they suffered a crushing 8-6 defeat at Busch Stadium after holding a 4-0 lead. But it was nothing Reds fans hadn't witnessed from their club against the Cardinals before, though.

Here are five mind blowing facts that seem to support the theory that the Cardinals absolutely have Cincinnati's number when it comes to head-to-head meetings:

1) The Cardinals are a whopping 24-3-2 in all home series played against the Reds since the beginning of the 2003 season. A win on Tuesday would improve that mark to 25-3-2.

2) Cincinnati is just 962-1,0945 all-time against St. Louis. If you're keeping score at home, that is a modest winning percentage of only .468.

3) The Reds are just 22-40 all-time at new Busch Stadium.

4) Dusty Baker's bunch has been outscored 87-48 by the Cardinals in 2013. Naturally, the Reds are just 4-9 against their division foes this season.

5) The Reds have lost the last six straight series against the Cardinals dating back to a three-game sweep to open the second half of the 2012 season. Their active six-series losing streak is the longest versus St. Louis since a span of eight straight series losses from 2003-04.

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