Series Preview 9/2-4: Cardinals @ Reds

Carlos Martinez (6)

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This holiday weekend, the Cardinals are at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a three-game series with the Reds.

In the first game of the series, Anthony DeSclafani will pitch for the Reds. DeSclafani has surrendered just six earned runs over his last 22 innings, in which he has posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 21:2. DeSclafani owns an earned run average under three in 94.1 innings of work this season, spanning from his return from an oblique strain in early June.

DeSclafani’s counterpart is slated to be Alex Reyes, who will be making his second major-league start. Reyes has appeared in 14 innings across six games (one start) and has allowed just one earned run. To go with an ERA that figures to be a mere 0.64, Reyes has whiffed seventeen batters and allowed only one extra-base hit.

Saturday’s game will feature Dan Straily for Cincinnati. Straily was rocked for seven earned runs in his last outing against the Angels but had turned in two quality starts leading up to the monster outing. All in all, Straily owns a 3.63 ERA over his seven most recent games and starts and has managed a 1.08 WHIP in the span.

Taking the mound for the Cardinals opposite of Straily will be Jaime Garcia. The lone left-handed hurler in the Cardinals’ starting rotation, Garcia has pitched to a 9.00 ERA over his last sixteen innings, a period where Garcia has been tagged for seven home runs. As he pitches against a lineup that features powerful right-handed hitters such as Adam Duvall, Brandon Phillips, and Eugenio Suarez in a notable hitter’s ballpark, it’ll be interesting to see if Garcia can reverse the trend, although such seems pretty unlikely.

Tim Adleman will take the mound for the Reds in Sunday’s series finale. Over his last eleven innings, Adleman has been smacked around for seven earned runs, including five home runs. Since being promoted to the big leagues for the first time earlier this season, Adleman has went 2-2 in seven starts with a 3.82 ERA and 24 whiffs in 35.1 innings of work.

Adleman’s counterpart in Sunday’s matinee will be Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals’ most consistent starting pitcher at this time. Martinez’s last four starts have been quality, as he has lasted six, seven, eight, and six innings, respectively. Martinez’s most recent start — 8/29 against the Brewers — Martinez whiffed a career-high thirteen batters.


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