Beating the Reds has become second nature for Cardinals

BY foxsports • July 27, 2015

Dating back to the 2013 season, the St. Louis Cardinals are 28-16 (.636) against the Cincinnati Reds, one of their most dominant runs against Cincinnati over the last half-century.

Cards' Best Record in three-Season Span vs. Reds since 1950

Year Record
1980-82 19-10 (.655)
2013-15 28-16 (.636)
2003-05 32-19 (.627)
1952-54 41-25 (.621)

In addition, the Cardinals' starting pitchers haven't allowed more than three earned runs in each of their last 24 home games, one of the team's longest streaks in the live-ball era.

Cards' Most Consecutive Home Games with three or Fewer SP ER Allowed Since 1920

Games Streak
27 8/16/97 - 10/4/87
24 5/31/15 - ACTIVE
22 5/22/15 - 7/11/68
20 6/29/44 - 8/10/44

Over this time span, the Cardinals' starting pitcher ERA is 1.66 (30/162.1), and opponents are batting .208 (121/582) against them.

Both teams' infields have accounted for a large portion of their home runs.

Highest Percentage of Team's HR by Infielders

Team Percentage
Cincinnati Reds 61.7 (66/107)
Philadelphia Phillies 59.7
San Francisco Giants 59.3
St. Louis Cardinals 59.0 (46/78)

Matt Carpenter has hit .417 in his six games against the Reds this season, including at least one RBI in three out of his last four against them. The Cardinals have been tough to beat this season when Carpenter drives in at least one run.

Best Record When Player Has 1+ RBI

Player Record
Matt Carpenter (STL) 29-4
Eric Hosmer (KC) 29-6
Matt Duffy (SF) 24-6
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 30-9
Kendrys Morales (KC)  30-9

Since becoming a full-time starter in 2012, Lance Lynn has increased his fastball usage each season.

Lance Lynn's Percentage of Pitches that are Fastballs since 2012

Year Percentage MLB Rank
2012 70.1 7th
2013 73.3 2nd
2014 78.9 2nd
2015 86.0 (1612/1875) 1st


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