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(AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds didn't face Adam Wainwright in their visit to Busch Stadium earlier this month. They won't be so fortunate this time around.
Wainwright will try to help the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a season-high third consecutive loss on Monday night when these NL Central foes renew their rivalry.
Trying to build off a season-opening 4-2 homestand, the Reds (14-12) dropped two of three at Busch from April 8-10. St. Louis took the final two games of that series by a combined 15-1 score, but its home opener was spoiled with the bullpen giving up nine ninth-inning runs in a 13-4 defeat.
With closer Jason Motte possibly facing reconstructive elbow surgery, St. Louis' bullpen continues to falter. That group has a major league-worst 5.94 ERA after surrendering 11 runs in a pair of losses over the weekend to Pittsburgh, which moved one-half game in front of the Cardinals (14-10) for the Central lead.
"Yeah, it's hard to be positive, but at the same time you have to do everything you can to fight every single day and I'm doing that," Mitchell Boggs said after getting charged with three runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 9-0 loss.
Cardinals starters lead the majors with a 2.18 ERA and Wainwright (4-1, 1.93 ERA) is a big reason why. The right-hander has a chance to match a career high with five consecutive winning starts, last accomplished Aug. 26 in an 8-2 victory in Cincinnati.
St. Louis' ace was two outs shy of his second complete game of the season on Tuesday, a 2-0 road win over Washington.
"I'm disappointed I didn't finish it, but at the same time, I knew I threw a quality game and we won the game," Wainwright told the Cardinals' official website. "So I can't really hang my head."
He felt the same way about walking his first batter of the season.
The Reds have an NL-best 106 walks after drawing four in Sunday's 5-2 win in Washington. Cincinnati had lost three straight and eight in a row on the road since the Cardinals' home opener.
Monday's scheduled starter Mat Latos (1-0, 2.16) left that game after giving up four runs in six innings. The right-hander owns a 10.23 ERA in five starts in St. Louis, but he's yielded just one run in each of his last two starts there.
Latos didn't allow any in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs, extending his scoreless innings streak to 11 despite not getting much out of his secondary pitches.
"It was just a matter of hitting my spots and being able to make key pitches when I needed to," Latos told the Reds' official website.
That could be key against center fielder Jon Jay, whose .450 batting average (9 for 20) off Latos is the highest among those that have faced him more than 15 times.
Yadier Molina (8 for 20) and Carlos Beltran (three homers) have also enjoyed success off Latos.
Brandon Phillips has faced Wainwright more than any other current Red, going 9 for 34 with a homer.
Jay Bruce, who has six hits - including a home run - in 18 at-bats off Wainwright, could be batting out of the sixth spot again after getting two hits on Saturday when manager Dusty Baker dropped him from the five-hole for the first time this season.
Joey Votto, 1 for 17 off Wainwright, went 4 for 10 at Busch from April 8-10 as the Reds failed to win their fourth series in St. Louis since 2003.
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Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright may be off to a hot start, with a 2.03 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in six starts so far this season. However, the man isn’t just a pitcher, he’s a human being with many eclectic interests.
Wainwright recently sat down with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to talk about being a foodie, among other topics. The 31-year-old right-hander also spoke about subjects...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, and the Cincinnati Reds got an RBI apiece from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.
Yadier Molina had an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton that produced the...
Those socks equal wins for the last two days. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)Last game
For the second day in a row, Joey Votto wore his socks high, and for the second day in a row, the Reds won. It’s officially their longest road streak of the season. Is showing off his socks what Votto is paid to do? When it equals wins, I think you could argue that it is.
Mat Latos was...
We are a day behind on this series because of the downtime over the weekend, but things should be back on schedule for next week.
Louisville Bats: 11-14 record, 77 runs scored, 91 runs allowed.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Seth Maness. Blessed with exquisite control, and a solid arm, he should provide the Cardinals with a decent arm in the bullpen. He was pitching for Triple-A Memphis.
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds have become some of baseball’s most bitter rivals. Being two of the best teams in the National League seems to enhance the competitiveness felt between them and there is a fierce ongoing battle between the Reds and Cardinals fans and players.
The St Louis Cardinals are one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball and have...
The St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen is in sorry shape, and the team is hoping to get closer Jason Motte back at some point this year. The right-hander offered good news yesterday, as he told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he "felt good" after playing catch for the second consecutive day.
Motte -- who was diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow earlier this...
A frustrating 5-2 loss for the Nats on Sunday against the Reds, and Adam LaRoche continues to simply not hit. But Henry Rodriguez was like a little ray of comedic sunshine on an otherwise gray and gloomy day in Washington when he nearly hit Corky Miller with a pitch in the 8th, then followed that up with a pitch that ricocheted off the backstop and nearly hit him in the head. Enjoy...
Louisville won 6-2. Box Score
Billy Hamilton went 1-4 with a double, steal (15) and a run.
Neftali Soto went 4-4 with a double, HR (3), 2 RBI and 2 runs.
Mike Hessman went 1-4 with a double.
Felix Perez went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
Kristopher Negron went 1-4 with a solo HR (1).
Daniel Corcino allowed a run in 6 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.
Kevin Whelan threw 2 shutout...
Earlier this week, it appeared that the St. Louis Cardinals
could enter the trade market early in order to upgrade their bullpen. However,
Cardinals’ relievers have improved over the past week, and general manager John
Mozeliak told reporters – including John Paul Morosi of FOX Sports – that the
team isn’t going to look into acquiring bullpen help from outside the
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Washington Nationals pitcher Henry Rodriguez came dangerously close to having to charge the mound on himself on Sunday during a game against the Cincinnati Reds. In the top of the 8th inning, the right-hander threw a wild pitch. Oftentimes wild pitches lead to bench-clearing brawls. If Rodriguez’s wild pitch came any closer to his own head...
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(AP) -- Shelby Miller is a big reason why St. Louis Cardinals starters own the best ERA in baseball.
The rookie will look to gain a measure of revenge against the only team to ever beat him Sunday when the Cardinals and visiting Pittsburgh Pirates complete this three-game set.
St. Louis starters have a 2.06 ERA, with the entire rotation allowing two earned runs over 33 2-3 innings...