Cincinnati Reds (63-70, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (73-59, first in the NL Central)
St. Louis; Saturday, 1:15 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Trevor Bauer (10-11, 4.34 ERA) Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (13-6, 3.47 ERA)
BOTTOM LINE: The St. Louis Cardinals host the Cincinnati Reds for a doubleheader Saturday.
The Cardinals are 35-24 against NL Central teams. The St. Louis pitching staff owns a team ERA of 3.92, Jack Flaherty leads the staff with a mark of 3.31.
The Reds are 28-35 against the rest of their division. The Cincinnati pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.19. Sonny Gray leads the team with a 2.86 earned run average. The Cardinals won the last meeting 5-4. Flaherty recorded his seventh victory and Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBIs for St. Louis. Alex Wood registered his second loss for Cincinnati.
TOP PERFORMERS: Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 128 hits and has 71 RBIs. Yadier Molina is 16-for-35 with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cardinals: 8-2, .288 batting average, 2.76 ERA, outscored opponents by 35 runs
Reds: 5-5, .241 batting average, 4.13 ERA, outscored by four runs
Cardinals Injuries: Jordan Hicks: (elbow), Tony Cingrani: (shoulder), Brett Cecil: (wrist/forearm), Lane Thomas: (wrist), Jose Martinez: (shoulder).