National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 9th (All times eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (2-6) at St. Louis Cardinals (5-3), 1:45 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Mike Leake (0-1, 5.40) St. Louis - Shelby Miller (0-1, 8.44)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Shelby Miller hopes to continue his dominance inside Busch Stadium on Wednesday when the St. Louis Cardinals try to complete a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds.
Miller was 10-3 with a 1.61 ERA at home last season and won his final four starts in front of his home fans. The 23-year-old right-hander's 2014 campaign wasn't as successful, though, as he was battered in Pittsburgh to the tune of five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Now, he makes his first start at Busch against a Reds teams that he is 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA against in three starts.
Cincinnati, meanwhile, will counter with righty Mike Leake, who lost to the New York Mets his first time out. Leake gave up four runs and five hits and walked three in 6 2/3 innings of that one.
Leake was 0-2 with an 8.27 ERA in three starts last season versus St. Louis and is 2-4 lifetime against the Cardinals with a 5.96 ERA in nine games (8 starts).
St. Louis has won the first two games of this series and on Tuesday Matt Holliday smacked a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and Yadier Molina had three hits, including a solo homer to lead the Cardinals to a 7-5 win.
Lance Lynn (2-0) allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out four and walking none. He also got the victory in a 7-6 decision over Cincinnati on April 3.
"It's hard to explain with Lance. I think some guys just have a knack of being in the right place when we've got a lot of offensive support," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lynn.
Logan Ondrusek (0-1) replaced starter Homer Bailey to begin the sixth and took the loss. Bailey, who lost to Lynn and the Cardinals on April 3, was knocked around for nine hits and four runs in five innings. He fanned five and walked two.
Jay Bruce had two hits, including a two-run triple in a three-run first inning for the Reds, who fell to 2-6 on the season.
"Across the board, we just need to get better," Bailey said.
St. Louis has won four of five from the Reds this season.
04/09 10:29:04 ET