MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 671
Cincinnati0 0 6 2 0 1 0 0 x 9111
  W: T. Mahle (1-0)   L: A. Wainwright (0-1)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, April 3, 2021
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 12,213

Reds try to regroup in opening series vs. Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Cardinals won six of 10 games against the Reds in 2020, including a 16-2 win on September 1 -- the Cardinals' largest win over the Reds since 1947 (17-2). St. Louis has won the season series with Cincinnati in each of the last nine seasons, the second-longest active such streak in MLB (LAD versus SD, 10).
  2. The Cardinals had a 17-day pause to their 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic but managed to finish with a 30-28 record, their 13th consecutive season with a winning mark. That is the second-longest active such streak in MLB (Yankees, 28) and the second longest in franchise history (15, 1939-1953).
  3. The Reds finished 2020 with a 31-29 record and made the postseason for the first time since 2013. Cincinnati has not won a playoff round since 1995 (defeated LA 3-0 in NLDS), the longest active such streak in MLB and the second longest in franchise history (29, 1941-1969).
  4. Paul Goldschmidt led the 2020 Cardinals in batting average (.304), on-base percentage (.417) and slugging percentage (.466) but did not rank in the top two in home runs (6, 3rd) or RBI (21, 5th). Eugenio Suarez led the 2020 Reds with 15 home runs and 38 RBI and his 98 total home runs since 2018 are second in MLB (Mike Trout, 101).
  5. Luis Castillo was 0-5 with a 4.10 ERA in July and August last season but 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA since September 1 (regular and postseason). Castillo twirled his first career complete game in a 3-1 win at St. Louis on September 11 in his only meeting with the Redbirds last season.
  6. Jack Flaherty allowed two earned runs over 7.0 innings against Pittsburgh on Opening Day 2020 and then did not pitch for 25 days due to the team's pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flaherty had just two quality starts and a 4.81 ERA in his nine starts from August 19 forward (regular and postseason).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/1/2021 thru 4/4/2021

The Cincinnati Reds look to bounce back from a mistake-filled Opening Day loss when they continue their three-game series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

Shortstop Eugenio Suarez committed two early errors and Cincinnati trailed by six runs after only 13 pitches in Thursday's 11-6 loss. Suarez is adjusting to a new position after starting at third base for the past five years.

"I think the rest of the game, he was much more comfortable," Reds manager David Bell said. "He wants to show that he belongs there. We know he belongs there, and he'll continue to get that opportunity."

St. Louis unveiled an explosive offense featuring a mix of veterans such as Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado along with 22-year-old rookie Dylan Carlson, who became the youngest Cardinals player to homer on Opening Day since 1936.

Arenado recorded two hits in his St. Louis debut and should enjoy hitting behind Goldschmidt, who was 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Left fielder Tyler O'Neill added a two-run homer and is eager to put together a complete season after battling inconsistency in recent years.

"I've always been impressed with Tyler," Goldschmidt said. "There's definitely high expectations, and he's definitely shown at times how great he can be."

Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle will be tasked with keeping St. Louis in check on Saturday.

With No. 2 starter Sonny Gray sidelined until mid-April due to back spasms, Mahle moves up a spot. The 26-year-old impressed with a 2-2 record and 3.59 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) last season.

Mahle is 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA in eight career starts against St. Louis and will be facing 39-year-old Adam Wainwright. The crafty veteran looked sharp in spring training with a 2.42 ERA in six games.

Wainwright owns a 10-13 record and 5.12 ERA in 34 career games (29 starts) against the Reds and has struggled to contain first baseman Joey Votto (.333 with four homers in 57 at-bats).

One of the few question marks for St. Louis was addressed earlier this week when manager Mike Shildt said Alex Reyes will receive the bulk of the save opportunities this month. With Jordan Hicks easing back into action following Tommy John surgery, Reyes pitched the ninth inning on Thursday in a non-save situation.

While Cincinnati was battling uphill all afternoon on Opening Day, there were a few positives. Right fielder Nick Castellanos continued his hot streak from spring training with three hits, including a two-run blast.

The Reds also received a boost from rookie second baseman Jonathan India, who had two hits in his major-league debut.

"It looked like he was very, very comfortable on a major-league field, on our team," Bell said. "It helps that he knows who he is. He's confident. He comes right in. He's a big part of this team, he's ready not only on the field but in the clubhouse."

Bell is awaiting word on center fielder Nick Senzel, who exited Thursday's game with a left shoulder injury after making a diving catch in the fourth inning. The 25-year-old is listed as day-to-day, and Bell expressed optimism that he could return this weekend.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 2, 2021

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