Series Preview 8/8-10: Reds vs. Cardinals

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Beginning Monday evening, the Cardinals will host the Reds in a three-game series at Busch Stadium, the teams’ second meeting in as many weeks.

In the series opener on Monday evening, the Cardinals will give the ball to Michael Wacha. Wacha has walked two batters over his last seventeen innings and has held his opposition to seven earned runs in that span. For the Reds, Cody Reed will get the start. Reed has lasted five innings and allowed as many runs in his most recent pair of starts combined.

Mike Leake will go for the Cardinals in the second game of the series. Leake has allowed at least five earned runs in four of his last six starts, despite recording a rather great strikeout-to-walk ratio of 33:1 in that span. The Reds will roll with Brandon Finnegan. Finnegan has pitched twelve innings over his last two starts and has allowed six hits and no earned runs in that timeframe.

The series finale will feature Jaime Garcia for St. Louis. Garcia allowed one run on three hits in his most recent start that lasted eight innings and for good measure drove in the only run of the ballgame. Serving as his counterpart will be Anthony DeSclafani of the Reds. DeSclafani is a clean 6-0 and owns a 2.94 earned run average in eleven starts, which have equaled 67.1 innings.

Who’s hot?

Reds: Joey Votto, first baseman. In his last seven games, Votto is batting .364 and has drawn six walks, giving him an on-base percentage of .483 in that time.

Cardinals: Kolten Wong, second baseman. Wong has collected eight hits in his last 24 at-bats and has reached base at a .385 clip over his most recent seven games.

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