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The Cardinals are in Cincinnati this week to play three games with the Reds. The teams met in St. Louis in April; this is the Cardinals’ first of three scheduled trips to Great American Ball Park.
John Lamb will start for the Reds in the first game of the series. Lamb took on the Rockies at Coors Field in his last outing, and his final line did not suffer, unlike many pitchers’ lines that do following a start in Colorado. Lamb allowed one earned run in seven innings and surrendered six hits in the outing. His counterpart will be former Red Mike Leake. Leake pitched six innings in his last start against the Brewers and allowed two runs.
The middle game of the series will feature Alfredo Simon for Cincinnati. Simon pitched seven innings against the Rockies in his last start, allowing four runs on five hits. The Cardinals will counter with Jaime Garcia, who took to the mound in Milwaukee in his last outing. Garcia worked five innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks.
In the series finale, left-hander Brandon Finnegan will pitch for the Reds. Finnegan pitch 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Nationals in his most recent outing. Adam Wainwright, who faced the Giants when he last took the mound, will start for St. Louis. Wainwright struck out six batters while allowing two earned runs through seven innings.
– On Monday, the Cardinals optioned second baseman Kolten Wong to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds to open a spot on the active roster for Jhonny Peralta. Wong hit .222 in 49 games with St. Louis and did not figure to receive many at-bats in wake of Peralta’s return from the disabled list.
STL: Matt Holliday, left fielder. The Cardinals’ third-hole hitter has five RBIs over his last seven games and ten hits in his last 27 at-bats.
CIN: Adam Duvall, left fielder. Duvall has nineteen RBIs over his last fifteen games, including nine homers.