Series Preview 4/15-17: Reds vs. Cardinals

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The Cardinals and Reds will be meeting for the first time in 2016 on Friday at Busch Stadium, where the two teams will play their first of three games on tap for the weekend.

In the series opener, the Cardinals will send Carlos Martinez to the mound. Martinez made his first start of the regular season on Saturday, April 9, against the Atlanta Braves. Martinez pitched six solid innings for the Cardinals, allowing two runs on four hits and recording five strikeouts. Opposing Martinez will be Tim Melville, who has made a start against the Pirates this season. In that outing. Melville held the Bucs to one run through four innings.

The second game of the series will feature Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals, who will be making his third start of the season. Wainwright has not met his personal standards thus far, though he did show improvement in his second start of the season from his first one. In his second start of the year against the Braves, Wainwright lasted five innings and allowed the same amount of runs. Toeing the rubber with Wainwright will be lefty Brandon Finnegan. Finnegan, who was acquired by the Reds in the deal with the Royals that sent Johnny Cueto to the eventual World Series champions, no-hit the Cubs for 6 1/3 innings in his most recent outing.

For the Cardinals, Michael Wacha will get the ball in the series finale. Wacha has started two games this season, the most recent one against the Milwaukee Brewers. In the start, Wacha tossed six innings and held Milwaukee to four hits while striking out seven. The Reds are expected to counter with Jon Moscot, though nothing has been confirmed. Moscot strained his left intercostal muscle in the middle of March. In his second minor-league rehab assignment for the Triple-A Louisville Bats, Moscot allowed five runs in just under six innings.

 

Who’s hot?

CIN: Eugenio Suarez, third baseman. In 34 at-bats, Suarez has twelve hits, including four home runs and nine RBIs. Suarez has been handling the team’s duties at the hot corner since third baseman Todd Frazier was traded over the offseason.

 

STL: Aledmys Diaz, shortstop. Diaz has received much of the playing time at short and has provided the offense to remain there for the time being. Diaz has gone 9-for-22 with four doubles, a triple, and a home run.

 

Who’s not?

CIN: Joey Votto, first baseman. Votto has gone 8-for-33 so far and has no extra-base hits to speak of. In addition to that, he has struck out eight times.

 

STL: Kolten Wong, second baseman. Wong has six hits in 30 at-bats so far this season. None of his six hits have been for extra bases, and he has struck out on seven occasions.

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