Gray expected to start for the Reds against Cardinals
St. Louis; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cardinals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Both Cincinnati and St. Louis are looking for a series win with a victory.
The Cardinals are 9-7 against NL Central teams. St. Louis has slugged .464, good for third in the National League. Marcell Ozuna leads the club with a .663 slugging percentage, including 15 extra-base hits and 10 home runs.
The Reds are 3-10 against teams from the NL Central. The Cincinnati offense has compiled a .208 batting average as a team this season, last in the MLB. Jose Iglesias leads the team with a mark of .281. The Cardinals won the last meeting 6-3. Dakota Hudson recorded his second victory and Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and five RBIs for St. Louis. Tyler Mahle registered his third loss for Cincinnati.
TOP PERFORMERS: Paul DeJong leads the Cardinals with 17 extra base hits and is slugging .607. Ozuna is 8-for-34 with two doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 7-3, .321 batting average, 4.65 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs
Reds: 5-5, .205 batting average, 3.27 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs
Cardinals Injuries: Michael Wacha: 10-day IL (knee), Mike Mayers: 10-day IL (shoulder), Carlos Martinez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Luke Gregerson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Justin Williams: 10-day IL (hand).