Kyle Farmer and the Reds look to avoid the blues in St. Louis with 5 games in 4 days

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Kyle Farmer.
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Previewing the pitching matchup: Reds vs. Cardinals

Cincinnati Reds starter Chase Anderson vs. St. Louis Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas

Chase Anderson (0-3 9.00 ERA) gets the nod in tonight's opener opposing Miles Mikolas (11-11 3.42 ERA) of the Cardinals. Despite the short outings in his three starts, Anderson is showing signs of progress in his last two appearances.

The Cincinnati right-hander has only allowed one hit in his last 6.2 innings while compiling nine punch outs. That's the good news. The bad news is that Anderson has also issued seven free passes over those frames.

If there's one pitcher capable of changing the Reds' recent string of back luck, it's Miles Mikolas. Cincinnati has torched the St. Louis right-hander for 10 runs and 13 hits in their last two meetings. Second baseman Jonathan India is 4-for-11 in his battles with Mikolas, including two round-trippers.

Cincinnati Reds starter Justin Dunn vs. St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty

Friday night finds Justin Dunn (1-3 6.10 ERA) toeing the rubber while Jack Flaherty (0-1 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for Oliver Marmol's club. If there's one thing manager David Bell needs from his starters this weekend, it's innings. Unfortunately, brief outings have been the norm for Dunn.

Only once in his seven starts this season has the Cincinnati right-hander completed six innings. Keeping the base paths clean has been a challenge for Dunn. In 31 frames this year, he's allowed a whopping 49 runners to reach base via a hit or base on balls.

When Jack Flaherty faces the Reds, it typically results in a long night for the Redlegs at the plate. In four of his last five starts versus Cincinnati, the St. Louis right-hander has yielded one run or less. The Reds are seeking their first victory against the Los Angeles native since the 2018 campaign.

According to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hunter Greene will return from the IL to start one of the two games for Saturday's day-night split doubleheader. Mike Minor will also get the ball for one of the two games on Saturday.

Cincinnati Reds starter Luis Cessa vs. St. Louis Cardinals starter Jordan Montgomery

Sunday's matinee series finale will feature reliever turned starter Luis Cessa (3-3 5.25 ERA) facing the Cardinals' trade deadline acquisition, left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-4 3.20 ERA).

Give the Cincinnati right-hander credit, since entering the starting rotation on August 22nd, Cessa has issued just three free passes in 22.1 innings. Just as impressive are the 21 punch outs recorded over that time.

Southpaw Jordan Montgomery has been nearly unhittable since being acquired in the trade deadline deal that sent outfielder Harrison Bader to the New York Yankees. Making eight starts for the Redbirds, he's 5-1 with a sparkling 2.05 ERA in 48.1 frames.