Series Preview 8/2-4: Cardinals @ Reds

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This week, the Cardinals are in Cincinnati for a three-game series with the Reds. 

On Tuesday, the Cardinals placed shortstop Aledmys Diaz on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture in his right thumb. He sustained the injury in the first inning of Sunday’s series finale in Miami when hit by a pitch on his thumb. 

In addition to the Diaz move, the Cardinals optioned outfielder Randal Grichuk and left-handed reliever Dean Kiekhefer to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, activated first basemen Brandon Moss and infielder Jhonny Peralta from the disabled list, and added the newly-acquired Zack Duke to the 25-man roster.

Moss, Peralta, and Duke will all be available for the team’s series with the Reds; the series will begin on Tuesday evening.

In the first game of the series, Dan Straily will pitch for the Reds. Straily has lasted over seven innings in two of his three most recent starts and has punched out seventeen batters in his last 20.2 frames. Getting the ball for the Cardinals will be Adam Wainwright. Wainwright allowed a total of seven earned runs in five July starts, and four of the tallies came in one start.

The middle game of the series will feature Cody Reed for the Reds. Reed has made seven starts for the Reds this season and has issued a home run and at least two walks in six of them. Michael Wacha is expected to start for St. Louis. Wacha has surrendered no more than three earned runs in a start since early June.

Cincinnati will give the ball to Brandon Finnegan in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Finnegan has had some control issues over the last couple of months, pitching to a 7.20 earned run average in his last starts, in which he has allowed 28 earned runs with a WHIP of 1.69. The Cardinals will roll with Mike Leake, who — despite posting an ERA of 5.70 — whiffed 31 batters and walked no one in the month of July.

Who’s hot?

Cardinals: Kolten Wong, second baseman & outfielder. Wong is hitting at a .348 clip over his last seven games, in which he has driven in three runs.

Reds: Eugenio Suarez, third baseman. In his last seven games, Suarez is 7-for-22 with a home run and six runs batted in.

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