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St. Louis took the NL Central in 2011 en route to the World Series championship, and Cincinnati Reds won the division the year before. It’s very early, but the Cards already lead the Reds by four games as their three-game series continues Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
St. Louis Cardinals is riding a three-game win streak in which it has outscored Chicago and Cincinnati by a combined 17-5. In losing three of four to the Cardinals this season, the Reds have scored one run in each defeat. Leadoff hitter Brandon Phillips is hitting .200, cleanup hitter Scott Rolen is batting .135, and No. 5 hitter Jay Bruce is at .186.
Reds Cardinals Betting
When: 8:15 PM ET, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, FS-M, FS-O
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Mat Latos (0-1, 5.59 ERA) vs. Cardinals LH Jaime Garcia (1-0, 4.22 ERA)
Latos has yet to find his groove, lasting no longer than five innings in either of his starts. He has as many walks, five, as strikeouts. In three career starts against St. Louis, Latos is 1-2 with a 10.80 ERA. SS Rafael Furcal is 5 for 14 against Latos, and C Yadier Molina is 3 for 7.
Garcia has thrived against the Reds in his career, going 6-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances. But on April 11 he was knocked around in Cincy, giving up three runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings. Garcia usually fares well against slugger Joey Votto; he’s held him to five hits and no homers in 19 at-bats.
1. The Reds placed infielder Miguel Cairo on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with an injured hamstring and called up infielder Todd Frazier from Triple-A Louisville. Cairo is eligible to reinstated on April 30.
2. Cincinnati is 1-3 in extra innings this season.
3. Cardinals rookie super-sub Matt Carpenter is hitting .409 with 11 RBIs in 23 at-bats after delivering the game-winning sacrifice fly Tuesday.