Apr 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) is congratulated after hitting a sacrifice fly to score shortstop Zack Cozart (not pictured) during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview and Thread: Reds v. Cards - 4/10/13

There’s been a weird trend in the first two games in the series between the Reds and Cardinals. The team that has scored first has lost. In the first game, the Cards grabbed the lead right off the bat and held the lead until the Reds half of the 8th when the Good Guys tied it, and ultimately won the game when they pushed nine runs across the plate in the 9th.

Last night, Cincy snagged the lead in the top of the 4th on a Brandon Phillips sacrifice fly. The rest of the runs from the game were created from the Cardinals bats.

Anyway, here’s the starting pitching matchup for today’s game…

Reds: Homer Bailey
2013: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.833 WHIP
v. STL: 3-7, 5.00 ERA, 1.478 WHIP
@ Busch III: 0-3, 5.49 ERA, 1.525 WHIP
last appearance v. STL: 10/3/12 (ND)

Cardinals Batters v. Bailey

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Matt Holliday 27 25 11 2 1 2 6 2 7 .440 .481 .840 0 0 0 0 0
Yadier Molina 17 16 6 2 0 2 3 1 0 .375 .412 .875 0 0 0 0 1
David Freese 15 14 3 1 0 2 3 1 2 .214 .267 .714 0 0 0 0 1
Jon Jay 15 14 5 2 1 0 1 1 0 .357 .400 .643 0 0 0 0 0
Carlos Beltran 10 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 .300 .222 0 0 0 0 0
Ty Wigginton 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Carpenter 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .400 0 0 0 0 0
Tony Cruz 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250 .400 .250 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Descalso 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Westbrook 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Allen Craig 3 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .333 .333 1.333 0 0 0 0 0
Jaime Garcia 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1 0 0 0 0
Mitchell Boggs 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Robinson 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Wainwright 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Pete Kozma 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Shelby Miller 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 124 116 37 8 2 7 16 7 18 .319 .358 .603 1 0 0 0 2
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Generated 4/10/2013.


The new Busch has not been kind to Homer. The Cards knock him around there to the tune of a triple slash of .305/.345/.488 in only 19.1 IP in Bailey’s 5 starts there although his last outing was good and served as a warmup for the 2012 postseason.

Cardinals: Jake Westbrook
2013: 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 1.800 WHIP
v. CIN: 3-2, 3.90 ERA, 1.355 WHIP
@ Busch III: 15-11, 4.25 ERA, 1.390 WHIP
last appearance v. CIN: 7/15/12 (L)

Reds Batters v. Westbrook

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Brandon Phillips 21 20 8 2 1 0 3 0 2 .400 .429 .600 0 0 0 1 1
Joey Votto 18 12 3 1 0 0 1 6 1 .250 .500 .333 0 0 1 0 1
Jay Bruce 15 15 3 1 0 1 2 0 1 .200 .200 .467 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Heisey 13 12 6 0 0 3 3 1 1 .500 .538 1.250 0 0 0 0 1
Zack Cozart 10 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222 .300 .222 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Hanigan 9 9 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .222 .222 0 0 0 0 1
Homer Bailey 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 0 0
Shin-Soo Choo 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jack Hannahan 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Mesoraco 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Xavier Paul 3 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .667 .667 1.667 0 0 0 0 0
Bronson Arroyo 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
Johnny Cueto 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Cesar Izturis 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 110 100 30 4 1 5 11 8 10 .300 .358 .510 1 0 1 1 4
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Generated 4/10/2013.


Westbrook has fared decently against the Good Guys, but the overall batting numbers don’t show that. Plus, Busch III isn’t exactly a haven for him either despite his winning record there.

Startling Lineups:

Reds Cardinals
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF 1. Jon Jay (L) CF
2. Chris Heisey (R) LF 2. Matt Carpenter (L) 2B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B 3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B 4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF 5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B 6. David Freese (R) 3B
7. Devin Mesoraco (R) C 7. Matt Adams (L) 1B
8. Cesar Izturis (S) SS 8. Pete Kozma (R) SS
9. Homer Bailey (R) P 9. Jake Westbrook (R) P

Per a John Fay tweet, Mes was originally slated to bat 8th. With the exception of Adams, the Cards lineup resembles what they would like to put out there on a daily basis. Maybe not the exact order, though.

Quick Pitch:
- Pitching numbers seem to favor the Cardinals in this one.
- Per Mark Sheldon, the Reds (finally) placed Sean Marshall on the 15-day DL. Logan Ondrusek has been recalled from Pensacola.

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