Alex Reyes (2-1, 1.29 ERA) gets the start for the St. Louis Cardinals (77-71) as they meet Albert Suarez (3-3, 4.20 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (79-69) in the last of a four-game series at AT&T Park. The Cardinals won the last game 3-2, and San Francisco leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 18 and will air on CSBA and FSMW.
In his last start, Suarez pitched 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out one and walking two in a 6-4 loss to the Padres. Hunter Pence (.297, 52 Rs, 12 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Cardinals were victorious over the Cubs 4-2 the last time Reyes pitched. He went 4.1 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out four and walking six. Brandon Moss (.238, 61 Rs, 27 HRs, 64 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Cardinals won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Giants are 27-25. The Cardinals are 22-22 in close games this season.
The Giants managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are coming in with a 27-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 17-61. The Giants have a 14-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 121 this season. St. Louis ranks second with 208 home runs.
Ranking ninth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 489 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 527.
The Giants are 53-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 64-45 when they hit at least one homer.