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.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds St Louis Cardinals

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Good afternoon all!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    If you scroll up, you will read that the Reds have placed Sean Marshall on the 15-day DL and Logan Ondrusek has been re-called from Double-A Pensacola.

  • beeker

    I can only imagine the maelstrom swirling in the Twitterverse tonight. I hereby call this season first meeting of Hyper-ventilators Anonymous to order…

    Losing two of three to a good team in a hostile environment in which the Reds have always struggled in their home opening series of the season does not mean the wheels have come off the wagon. I know that there are only 153 games left and time is running short and that they really should have clinched the division by now, but they can still manage to get back into first place.

    Wait, they ARE in first place? How can that be when no one is hitting? And Dusty wont play Mesoraco! And Heisey hasn’t started two games this week! And Parra stinks! And they mishandled Marshall! And something is wrong with Joey! And Dusty doesn’t know what he is doing! And…

    Ssssssshhh….. It’s OK… It will be OK…

    • metalhead65

      look I don’t care how early it is or how long the season all I know is I am tired of the reds losing to these guys.they seem to take these games more seriously than the reds and seem to enjoy pounding them when ever they get the chance. great the reds won the division 2 of the last 3 years and both times they got to sit at home and watch the cardinals keep playing in the post season after the reds lost their first round series.I hate them with a passion but what ever is they are doing over there it is working. meanwhile fans like you and the team act like it is no big deal because it is early.

      • beeker

        Look, I am not trying to antagonize or make fun of you. I appreciate your passion. I do. I couldn’t live at the intensity level you seem to. I’m just a more low key person.

        I just don’t understand why with some fans, every mistake is inexcusable, unforgivable. Every error must be punished. Every problem is a catastrophe. It’s all so melodramatic.

        Bottom line, the Reds can lose 70 times this season and still have a very good year. Maybe 10 of them come at the hands of the Cards. I’ll hate every one of them. But can’t we sometimes just tip our hat to an opponent for playing a good game that day? It’s a more enjoyable way to live than watching the sky fall every night. Or do I need to wring my hands over every flaw to be a real fan?

        • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

          To illustrate your point, at the Reds current winning percentage of .555, they would finish the season with 90 wins. Last year, they would have still won the division and finished two games ahead of the Cards.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      For that reason alone, you need a Twitter account, beeker. Got a tweet for someone asking why the Reds didn’t show up for this game. I think some forget that even though there are high expectations placed on this team, in a 162-game season, there will be games like this even from the best of those teams.

      Just LAST YEAR this team started 4-8 and won the division going away. This year they’re 5-4 after 9 games and now the world is crumbling.

      Simply don’t get it…

      • beeker

        I was hoping hat would make you laugh. My work here is done!