The Pat Trick: The Cardinals’ chances in Cincy

By Pat Parris
FOXSportsMidwest.com
August 9, 2010

The much anticipated first place showdown in Cincinnati begins Monday night, with Chris Carpenter getting the ball for the second place Cardinals.  Sunday’s South Florida rainout means the Redbirds actually have 2-games in-hand on the first place Reds.  But Cincinnati begins the 3-game series with a 2-game lead.

This edition of the Pat Trick looks at three key stats (from our friends at STATS LLC) involving the showdown:

Chris Carpenter gives Cardinal fans a high level of confidence when he takes the mound.  He should have even more of an edge when facing the Reds,  He’s 10-3 against Cincinnati with one of the lowest ERA’s against the Reds since 1952:
 

Lowest Career ERA vs. Reds, Since 1952
(minimum 10 GS)

 Randy Johnson
 1.51
 Chris Carpenter
 1.96 (25/114.2)
 Kevin Brown
 2.01
 Pedro Martinez
 2.11
 Jake Peavy
 2.14


Albert Pujols is in the middle of one of those Pujols-like runs.  He has an 8-game hitting streak, going 17-for-36 (.472) during the hot streak.  He’ll look to keep it going against at Reds team that he’s always hit well against.


Pujols, Career vs. Reds
(w/ranks among active players)

 Hits  209 (1st)
 Runs  135 (1st #)
 2B  50 (1st)
 HR  43 (2nd; Lance Berkman, 49)
 RBI  130 (2nd; Lance Berkman, 137)


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