MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 590
St. Louis1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 271
  W: T. Mahle (5-2)   L: R. Helsley (3-4)   S: L. Sims (5)
11:15 AM PT12:15 PM MT1:15 PM CT2:15 PM ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 11:15 AM MST1:15 PM EST1:45 PM VEN22:15 UAE12:15 PM CT, June 5, 2021
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 23,365

Tyler Mahle, surging Reds take on struggling Cardinals

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Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals are 7-3 against the Reds at Busch Stadium since 2020, holding the Reds to a batting average of .179 over the 10 games. The Cardinals swept a 3-game series versus Cincinnati at Busch in April. St. Louis starting pitchers (Kim, Gant, Flaherty) combined for three wins and a 0.96 ERA (2/18.2) in that series.
  2. The Reds average an MLB-best 6.00 runs per game at Great American Ball Park, but have scored just 3.81 runs per game (21st in MLB) on the road this season. The 2.19 differential is the second largest in baseball (home RPG more than away RPG; Colorado 3.38).
  3. The Cardinals are one of 12 teams with 30+ wins this season. However, they are one of only two teams with 30+ wins and a negative run differential (-10) along with the Indians (-6).
  4. Vladimir Gutierrez will make his second career start on Thursday. In his first outing he pitched five innings allowing just one run on two hits, but was the tough-luck loser in a 1-0 loss at Wrigley Field.
  5. Adam Wainwright's 2021 debut was April 3 at Cincinnati and he allowed six earned runs in just 2.2 innings. Wainwright has been great at Busch Stadium lately, allowing zero runs and just four hits in 16.1 innings in his last two starts. Wainwright has thrown 19.0 consecutive scoreless innings at home, 1.0 innings shy of his career high of 20.0 (2009 & 2019).
  6. Since coming back from injury on May 27, Tyler O'Neill is batting .393 (11-for-28) with four home runs in seven games. Prior to injury he was batting .250 with eight home runs through 30 games. Cincinnati's Nick Castellanos' 18-game active hit streak is the longest in the majors this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/3/2021 thru 6/6/2021

The St. Louis Cardinals' search for better starting pitching will continue Saturday when they host the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals have gone from deploying a six-man starting rotation to scrambling to fill five spots. Manager Mike Shildt held off on announcing Johan Oviedo his starter for Saturday's game until after Friday's 6-4 loss to the Reds.

Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty could miss several weeks with his oblique muscle strain. Veteran Miles Mikolas is sidelined until at least August with a setback to his surgically repaired flexor tendon.

Kwang Hyun Kim exited Friday night's game after three innings with lower-back tightness, which is the same issue that sidelined him earlier this season.

Carlos Martinez retired just two batters while allowing 10 runs Wednesday. All of this has put extra stress on the beleaguered Cardinals relievers.

"We've had some situations with our starters in two of the last three games," Shildt said. "The bullpen has had to carry the mail."

Oviedo (0-2, 5.40 ERA) started this season on a good note, throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innings in mop-up relief against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 11.

But he has struggled mightily as a fill-in starter, posting a 7.04 ERA in his four outings. In 15 1/3 innings, he allowed 13 runs (12 earned) on 15 hits, 13 walks and two hit batters.

The Reds won the first two games in this four-game series at Busch Stadium. They have won four of their last five games overall while the Cardinals have lost five of their last six games.

"I'm a big believer in habits," Shildt said. "I'm a big believer in habits winning over a period of time. You've got a group of guys that are going to scratch, fight, claw for everything they get all the time and are talented. You can live with that. You know you are getting the most out of your club."

Reds starter Tyler Mahle (4-2, 3.42) will try to extend his scoreless stretch Saturday after throwing 10 1/3 shutout innings in his last two starts.

Mahle struck out 10 batters, walked two and allowed just four hits in those games -- a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals and 5-1 over the Chicago Cubs.

"He's just so tough and he's so strong," Reds manager David Bell said. "Tyler finds an extra gear, reserve in the tank and he's able to get big outs. We'll take that every time. Tyler continues to get better."

Mahle earned a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals on April 3 while allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings. Paul DeJong hit two homers off him in that game, but he is on the 10-day injured list with cracked ribs.

In nine career starts against the Cardinals, Mahle is 2-3 with a 5.24 ERA. Aside from DeJong, Yadier Molina (9-for-19, two homers, five RBIs) and Paul Goldschmidt (5-for-15, double, three walks, RBI) have done damage against him.

But Tommy Edman (1-for-11), Matt Carpenter (2-for-17, seven strikeouts) and Nolan Arenado (1-for-8) have struggled against him.

On the injury front, Reds first baseman Alex Blandino exited Friday night's game after being hit in the right wrist with a pitch.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2021

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