The St. Louis Cardinals visit the Cincinnati Reds Saturday for the second game of a three-game series between the National League Central rivals.
St. Louis beat the Miami Marlins on Thursday 4-1 as Miles Mikolas improved his record to 7-1 as the right-hander gave up just three hits in seven innings. The win moved St. Louis to within three games of first place Milwaukee.
Cincinnati beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Thursday to avoid being swept. Jesse Winkler hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 13th inning leading the Reds to a two-run victory.
Jose Martinez leads St. Louis with a .311 batting average and team highs in hits with 66 and RBIs with 35. Tommy Pham is the team leader in home runs with nine. St. Louis has a team batting average of .242 while opposing hitters are averaging the .239 at the plate against Cardinals pitching. On Saturday, the Cardinals will send Michael Wacha to the mound. The right-hander this season is 7-1 with an ERA of 2.41, 61 Ks and 27 BBs.
Scooter Gennett lead Cincinnati with a .344 batting average and team highs in hits with 78 and home runs with 12. Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds in RBIs with 45. Cincinnati has a team batting average of .250 while opposing hitters are averaging .270 at the plate against Reds pitching. On Saturday, Cincinnati will send Luis Castillo to the mound. The right-hander this season is 4-6 with an ERA of 5.64, 64 Ks and 26 BBs.