September 2: Cardinals (79-57) @ Reds (76-61)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals’ seven-game road trip has moved to Cincinnati, where the Cardinals and Reds will meet for the final time this season. The four-game series begins with the Cardinals tied in first with the Pirates; the Reds sit 3.5 games behind.

Carlos Beltran remains out of the lineup with lower back tightness. Manager Mike Matheny anticipates that Beltran will be available off the bench today, but that will depend on how Beltran’s back responds to the treatment he received all morning.

Adam Wainwright returns to the mound against the team that sent him to the worst lost of his career last week. Wainwright lasted just two innings in that outing; he allowed eight hits and nine earned runs.

No additional call-ups for the Cardinals today. Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons will be here on Tuesday. Whether or not there will be any additions from the Triple-A club will depend upon what happens today. The Cardinals’ affiliate in Memphis enters the day tied with Omaha first place in their division. Because Memphis won the season series between the two teams, a win by Memphis or loss by Omaha gets Memphis into the playoffs.

Memphis’ game began at 11:05 p.m. CT today. To follow along, click here. Omaha’s game is slated to begin an hour later.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Jon Jay (CF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (RF)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Matt Adams (1B)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  9. Adam Wainwright (RHP)

REDS LINEUP:

  1. Shin-soo Choo (CF)
  2. Brandon Phillips (2B)
  3. Joey Votto (1B)
  4. Jay Bruce (RF)
  5. Ryan Ludwick (LF)
  6. Devin Mesoraco (C)
  7. Todd Frazier (3B)
  8. Zack Cozart (SS)
  9. Mat Latos (RHP)

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1 Comment

The once formidable starting staff has been very inconsistant since the AS break.
Cinn. has the best record since the break.The Cards need one of those 5-6 game win streaks they had in June. With 26 games to go for Pitt.,Cinn., and the Cards,I’m betting the winner ends up with 95 wins and one of them won’t reach 90.

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