The Cincinnati Reds have won three straight wins against their hated rival, the St. Louis Cardinals. Backed up who won a streak, the Reds now trail the Cardinals by just 2.5 games in the NL middle and are within striking distance of the first-place Chicago Cubs who track them through four games.
With to win on Sunday, Cincinnati will secure its first four-game loop of the St. Louis Cardinals since the franchise hit the road Wire-to-Wire Season World Championship in 1990. The Reds on Wade Miley are counting on getting the job done for today.
Reds sees the Cardinals sweep the road for the first time in 31 years.
The Cincinnati lineup of Eric Davis, Barry Larkin, and Chris Sabo was very impressive in 1990. It has been a long time since Cincinnati took four straight games on the street against St. Louis. With the Reds Offensive producers continuing to rattle off base hits and RBIs, the Redlegs stand a great chance of matching an achievement that hasn’t been achieved in the past 31 years.
Yesterday it was the newly installed leadoff hitter Jonathan India who shone brightly. The Reds rookie went 2-for-4 with a walk and one run away at home. Nick Castellanos also extended his hitting streak to 21 2v5 games with a pair of singles.
India wasn’t the only Reds player liked to enter a ball of the stands at Busch Stadium. In the top of the sixth inning, third baseman Eugenio Suarez started his 13th home run of the 2021 season, giving Cincinnati a two-run advantage.
The Reds would play add-on in the seventh inning when a wild pitch gave Jesse Winker the chance to grab third base. If backup catcher Andrew Knizner had bet the money with his throw, the Cardinals might have kept their two-run deficit. Knizner was way up from Nolan Arenado, however, and Winker scored easily.
The Reds starting pitchers looked against the Cardinals.
In the last three games, the Cincinnati Reds’ start has been very effective. Rookie Vladimir Gutierrez completed five innings on Thursday and only allowed two deserved runs. Luis Castillo was impressive on Friday night, he was six strong and allowed only one solo shot. Tyler Mahle completed seven innings yesterday, allowed only two runs and punched out eight.
Wade Miley is on the threshold today. The 34-year-old returned from a stint in the IL last week to complete six innings in his final start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Miley allowed just one deserved run, scoring six in Cincinnati’s 11-1 win last Monday night.
In Miley’s last start against the Cardinals, the southpaw went six innings, allowing only two runs on five hits while hitting two. Having been as good as the Reds’ offense lately, so just two runs around the plate dent can be enough. However, that would put a lot of pressure on the bullpen besieged by the Reds.
Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims, David Bell’s best relievers, both saw action yesterday. Each only worked an inning, including just 10 pitches from Antone. With a day off on Monday, there’s reason to believe that Antone could go at least one frame if necessary.