Dan Straily (10-7, 3.92 ERA) and Jaime Garcia (10-10, 4.46 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (56-77) and the St. Louis Cardinals (70-63) at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds won the last game 3-2, and Cincinnati leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and can be seen on FSMW and FSOH.
Straily pitched 2.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering seven runs, striking out three and walking one in a 9-2 defeat to the Angels. Joey Votto (.309, 83 Rs, 22 HRs, 78 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Garcia went 7.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-4 defeat to the Athletics in his most recent start. Matt Carpenter (.282, 68 Rs, 17 HRs, 58 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Reds are 21-29 against their divisional rivals, while the Cardinals are 30-24 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 32-25, while Cincinnati is 30-36.
The Cardinals managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are heading in with a 5-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 42-13. The Cardinals have a 49-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 590 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 652.
Ranking 25th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .775.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 37-41. When the Reds allow one or more homers, they have a 38-64 record.