Cincinnati takes 4-game slide into matchup with St. Louis
St. Louis Cardinals (63-55, first in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (56-63, fourth in the NL Central)
7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Reds favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Cincinnati enters the game as losers of their last four games.
The Reds are 26-30 against opponents from the NL Central. The Cincinnati pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.18. Luis Castillo leads the team with a 2.76 ERA.
The Cardinals are 29-20 against NL Central Division teams. The St. Louis pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.01. Jack Flaherty leads the team with a 3.53 earned run average.
LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 5-5, .293 batting average, 5.83 ERA, outscored by two runs
Cardinals: 5-5, .227 batting average, 3.68 ERA, outscored by two runs
Cardinals Injuries: Jordan Hicks: 60-day IL (elbow), Tony Cingrani: 60-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Tyler O'Neill: 10-day IL (wrist), Jose Martinez: 10-day IL (shoulder).