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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick & Prediction SEP 1TH 2021

Complete Great American Ball Park Cincinnati
981Cardinals St. Louis
982Reds Cincinnati
OP
7
-145
CU
7o -105
-1.5 +165
ML
ML: 110
ML: -120
Partials
2 3
1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Score
5
4

The Cincinnati Reds admittedly are in an offensive slump after scoring a total of three runs during their three-game losing streak.

After seeing Tuesday's contest postponed by rain, the Reds hope the extra rest serves as a wake-up call when they play a doubleheader against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

"We're a good-hitting team. Good-hitting teams break out of slumps," Cincinnati's Kyle Farmer said. "There's not much pressing among guys. We've faced some really, really good pitching the last five games."

Farmer snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a homer to lead off the second inning in the Reds' 3-1 loss in the series opener on Monday. Farmer added a double in the seventh to account for both of Cincinnati's hits on the day.

Farmer and the Reds are expected to test their luck against St. Louis right-hander Miles Mikolas (0-1, 2.70 ERA) in the opener and left-hander J.A. Happ (8-6, 5.76) in the nightcap. Cincinnati, in turn, will send left-hander Wade Miley (11-4, 2.74) to the mound for Game 1 and right-hander Sonny Gray (6-6, 3.91) in Game 2.

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Mikolas, 33, received a no-decision in his last outing after allowing three runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He owns a 2-3 record with a 4.79 ERA in 10 career appearances (eight starts) versus Cincinnati.

Miley, 34, won his seventh straight decision after scattering six hits over seven innings in a 6-0 victory at Miami on Friday. He sports a 3-5 record with a 3.56 ERA in 10 career starts against St. Louis.

Gray, 31, will look for his fifth straight winning decision on Wednesday.

Gray has tossed consecutive scoreless outings in his last two trips to the mound. He yielded just one hit over seven innings in a 5-3 victory over Miami on Aug. 20 before permitting three hits in six frames six days later in a 5-1 win at Milwaukee.

"He's told me a couple of times along the way that he's getting close," Cincinnati manager David Bell said of Gray. "I think what he means is really close to what he did (Thursday against the Brewers). That's about as good as you can do against that lineup."

Gray, however, has been ravaged for 13 runs on 14 hits in seven innings en route to losing both encounters with the Cardinals this season. He is 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA in seven career starts versus St. Louis.

National League Player of the Week Tommy Edman is 5-for-11 in his career against Gray, but the hurler has handcuffed Goldschmidt (1-for-16) and Paul DeJong (2-for-12).

Edman worked a walk to begin Monday's game before Goldschmidt belted a two-run homer to stake the Cardinals to an early 2-0 lead.

"It's been fun to hit in front of Goldy, and honestly, that's probably a big part of why I got the award this past week ... guys don't want to face Goldy with me on base," Edman said. "Getting on base and giving the guys behind us a chance to drive us in. So we're just trying to keep that going. Keep that rolling into this series and the rest of the year."

Happ, 38, improved to 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in five starts with St. Louis after allowing two runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh on Friday.

While with Minnesota, Happ overcame two homers and five walks in 4 2/3 innings to escape with a no-decision versus Cincinnati on June 21. He owns a 3-3 record with a 5.40 ERA in 10 career starts against the Reds.

--Field Level Media

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Recap SEP 1TH 2021

Paul Goldschmidt hit two homers and drove in three runs to lift the visiting St. Louis Cardinals past the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Wednesday in the first half of a doubleheader.

The Cardinals (68-63) won for the fourth time in five games while the Reds (71-63) lost their fourth straight game.

Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas allowed four runs on five hits in three innings. Genesis Cabrera (3-5) followed with two scoreless innings to earn the victory.

Giovanny Gallegos closed out the seventh inning for his fourth save.

Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley (11-5) allowed five runs on his season-high 12 hits in four innings.

The Cardinals struck first when Goldschmidt crushed a 439-foot homer to center field in the first inning. Tyler O'Neill followed with a single and Dylan Carlson hit a two-out single, but Miley got Edmundo Sosa to ground into an inning-ending forceout.

Harrison Bader's solo homer boosted the Cardinals' lead to 2-0 in the second inning. Andrew Knizner's single and Goldschmidt's two-out walk gave them a chance to tack on runs, but Miley struck out O'Neill to strand the runners.

The Reds countered in their half of the inning. Joey Votto drew a leadoff walk, Kyle Farmer reached on a one-out infield single, and Tucker Barnhart hit an RBI single.

Miley helped his cause by hitting a two-out, two-run double into the left field corner to put the Reds up 3-2.

The Cardinals tied the game 3-3 in the third inning. Nolan Arenado hit a leadoff single, raced to third base on Carlson's single, and scored on Sosa's sacrifice fly.

The Reds regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, Nick Castellanos hit a one-out single and scored on Votto's double to make it 4-3.

The Cardinals took a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning when Tommy Edman hit a one-out single and Goldschmidt followed with a two-run homer.

--Field Level Media

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