Anthony DeSclafani (8-2, 2.96 ERA) and Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.64 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (55-77) and the St. Louis Cardinals (70-62) at the Great American Ball Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on FSMW and FSOH.

DeSclafani pitched 9.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 13-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Joey Votto (.309, 83 Rs, 22 HRs, 78 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. Reyes went 4.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking four in a 3-2 defeat to the Athletics in his last outing.

Notes

The Reds hold a 20-29 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Cardinals' record in these matchups is 30-23.

The Reds didn't score any runs in their last game. The Cardinals have an 8-0 record when they don't allow any runs.

When they are outhit, the Reds are 9-59. The Cardinals have a 14-54 record when opponents outhit them.

Cincinnati ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 143 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 189.

Ranking 25th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 372 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 439.

The Reds are 41-42 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 58-41 when they hit at least one homer.