Reds Playoff Drive and the Series Against the Cardinals

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Of note for this series…

1. The Cards will be without the services of their leader, Yadier Molina. He recently hit the DL with a bum knee. He also received a cortisone shot and had it drained. I don’t see how you have a National League MVP conversation and Molina is not one of the first names you mention, love him or hate him.

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2. Tonight’s Reds starter, Bronson Arroyo, is currently enjoying his best season at GABP (6-2, 2.58 ERA, 1.095 ERA). In fact, Arroyo’s 2013 home-away splits are crazy different. On the road, Bronson is 3-6 with an ERA of 4.21 and a WHIP of 1.197.

The offset to this is that the Cards have had a way of beating Arroyo in his career (8-15, 4.49 ERA, 1.315 WHIP).

3. These two teams have experienced a lull in their respective seasons. In the last 10 games, the Cards are 3-7 while the Reds are 4-6. Both teams are 10-10 in their last 20 and 15-15 in their last 30.

4. Situational hitting.

RISP: STL – .335 BA; CIN – .251 BA
2 outs, RISP: STL – .312 BA; CIN – .199 BA
Bases loaded: STL – .359 BA; CIN – .309 BA
on 3rd, on 3rd, 2 outs: STL - .339 BA; CIN - .200 BA

We know how RISP has been the buzzword this season...

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