Probable starting pitchers
The Cincinnati Reds are looking to take back-to-back series victories today in St. Louis. After putting a hurting on Cardinals' pitchers on Saturday, David Bell will send his well-rested ace to the hill on Sunday.
Hunter Greene, who skipped his last start, will be back on the mound for the Reds this afternoon in the Gateway City. Greene was battling through a hip injury, but it good to go. Though he's just 1-4 on the season, Greene's last two starts have yielded 19 strikeouts and only one earned run in 12 innings pitched.
Greene will be opposed by longtime St. Louis starter Adam Wainwight. The right-hander never likes throwing at GABP, but is quite comfortable at home. Waino, however, has been hit and hit hard of late. Over his last three starts, Wainwright has allowed 25 base hits and 12 earned runs.
Cincinnati Reds starting lineup
Today's lineup will look eerily similar to Saturday's group that dismantled the Cards to the tune of eight runs scored. TJ Friedl leads off and will be followed by Matt McLain, Jonathan India, and Elly De La Cruz.
Spencer Steer hits fifth and Tyler Stephenson is batting sixth. Will Benson is in right field and Stuart Fairchild draws the start in left. As Reds fans have become accustomed to, Hunter Greene will have battery mate Curt Casali behind the dish for today's rubber match.
Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in today's game?
If you're looking for a bounce-back performer today, how about TJ Friedl? Now, to be fair, he did just come off a 10-day stint on the IL, but the Reds outfielder went 0-for-5 yesterday while occupying the top spot on David Bell's lineup card.
Friedl thrives on creating chaos, so look for the centerfielder to get on base by any means necessary. Don't put it past Friedl to look for a bunt hit if the opportunity presents itself. One way or another, TJ Friedl is going to get on base today.
Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in today's game?
Unless you've been sleeping under a rock, you've noticed the uptick in production from Cincinnati Reds outfielder Will Benson. The 24-year-old returned to the Reds roster at the end of May, and after his walk-off winner a few nights ago, all of Reds Country has that same level of energy Benson showed after sending the crowd home happy with his first homer of his career.
With a right-hander on the bump, Benson gets another start in right field. Benson has been more patient at the plate, and it's showed. His strikeouts are down and his walks are up. If Benson gets on base today, look for the runnin' Redlegs to be on full display. Benson has three stolen bases on the season, but none since making the trip to St. Louis. He's due for a couple swipes today.