September 23: Reds @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (95-56, +4.0 in NL Central), Reds (63-87, -31.5 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Tommy Pham (CF), Matt Holliday (LF), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Stephen Piscotty (1B), Randal Grichuk (RF), Mark Reynolds (3B), Tony Cruz (C), Lance Lynn (RHP)

Reds lineup: Skip Schumaker (LF), Todd Frazier (3B), Joey Votto (1B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Jay Bruce (RF), Eugenio Suarez (SS), Brennan Boesch (CF), Tucker Barnhart (C), Brandon Finnegan (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • John Lackey states his case as the Cardinals’ October ace (link)
  • Yadier Molina describes diagnosis of left thumb injury as “good news” (link)
  • With Trevor Rosenthal unavailable, Steve Cishek steps in and notches his first save as a Cardinal (link)
  • Game recap of the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday; magic number reduces to eight (link)
  • Preview of Wednesday’s series finale against the Reds (link)

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In the game preview link, it says Jay Bruce is hitting .454 vs Lynn. If Lynn’s gonna’ walk anybody? Bruce might be the one to walk (on purpose) tonite. Hehehe.
Wonder how Grichuk will like playing in RF for Heyward.

Interesting MM interview. Reporter asked who in the rotation might start in first post-season game….suggesting Jaime, Wacha, Lackey and well, “the others”.
MM said Lynn’s got the stuff, just gotta’ see if he can get himself back on track tonite. Plus Lynn has one of THE highest percentages of fast-balls thrown in league, MM added….but maybe he’ll change that up? Who knows. (hint-hint)
Sumpin’ like that, anyway.
Point being….Lynn better mix up his pitches tonite, or oops…bullpen-time.

Aha…thus far? Lynn’s minding his P’s & Q’s. : ) Grichuk homers! Way to go, RG!

I’ll be. The next man up (unexpectedly)? Good ole’ Peter Bourjos. Who’d have thunk??? : )

So I was traveling for work and missed most of the best game of the series. Good news that Lynn straightened out his game and the offense had a confidence boosting night. At least they keep chipping away at the elimination number even if the Pirates are also playing well. Let’s hope they can win 3-4 against the Brewers and whittle that number dowm more before the Pittsburgh series.

Yep, good game. But any game is good when we win. Haha. Their pitcher was a 22 y/o rookie…so in all fairness, he probably was easier to hit than others the Cards have faced.
However, Lynn WAS sharp…with zero walks. How excellent was that!
Tuivailala didn’t do so well, tho’.
The radio guys were talking this morning about whether Holliday will get back into his groove by the time post-season comes around. They also were questioning his leg’s status. Is if fully healed or will his quad still be prone to re-inury? Hmmm.

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