In the last of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (57-77) and the St. Louis Cardinals (70-64) at the Great American Ball Park, Tim Adleman (2-2, 3.82 ERA) and Carlos Martinez (12-7, 3.07 ERA) get the ball. The Reds won the last game 9-1, and Cincinnati leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and will air on FSMW and FSOH.
In his most recent outing, Adleman pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-2 loss to the Angels. Joey Votto (.310, 85 Rs, 22 HRs, 79 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs and one RBI. The Cardinals were victorious the last time Martinez pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out 13 and walking two in a 6-5 victory over the Brewers. Jedd Gyorko (.244, 48 Rs, 25 HRs, 50 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Reds hold a 22-29 record this season against teams in the NL Central Division. The Cardinals' record in these matchups is 30-25.
The Reds managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are coming in with a 4-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Reds have a slight leg up on the Cardinals, as the Reds have won their last two games while the Cardinals have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 43-13. The Cardinals have a 49-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Cincinnati has earned 599 this season. St. Louis ranks seventh with 653 runs.
Ranking 24th, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). 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 39-64 record.