Game 7: Reds at Cardinals (4:15 PM EDT) Latos vs. Garcia

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The Reds take the best show on earth on the road this week. First up, the Cardinals.

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Cincinnati Reds
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Monday, Apr 8, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Mat Latos vs Jaime Garcia

Cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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The Reds head to St. Louis to take on those pesky Cardinals. The Cards come in at 3-3, having won the final two games of the series against the World Champion Giants. Our Redlegs are ballin' however, impressively winning the first two series of the year against the juggernauts of each league. In six games thus far, the Reds have yet to lose a game which was decided in 9 innings.

Jaime Garcia has been quite successful against the Reds throughout his career, posting an 8-2 record with an ERA of 3.33. Garcia's success against the Reds can be attributed to his ability to shut down the "Big Three" of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce. In fact, none of the current Reds players with more than 5 plate appearances against Garcia have managed an OPS over .667.

Mat Latos will take the hill for the Reds. Mat pitched quite well in his first start, striking out 8 over 6.2 IP. The Cardinals, however, are not exactly Latos-intolerant. In 7 games against Latos, the Cardinals have posted an impressive .919 OPS. Latos is 2-4 in those starts, with an ERA of 9.00.

Lineups

REDS CARDINALS
Shin-Soo Choo CF Jon Jay CF
Chris Heisey LF Carlos Beltran RF
Joey Votto 1B Matt Holliday LF
Brandon Phillips 2B Allen Craig 1B
Jay Bruce RF Yadier Molina C
Todd Frazier 3B David Freese 3B
Zack Cozart SS Daniel Descalso 2B
Ryan Hanigan C Pete Kozma SS
Mat Latos P Jaime Garcia P

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6 4/7 5 day totals
Aroldis Chapman 1.0, 15p 1.0, 9p 1.0, 12p 1.0, 17p 4.0 IP, 53 pitches
Sean Marshall

1.0, 14p
1.0 IP, 14 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 1.0, 13p
1.0, 10p 1.0, 10p 3.0 IP, 33 pitches
Sam LeCure 1.0, 14p
1.0, 9p
2.0 IP, 25 pitches
J.J. Hoover 0.1, 13p 1.0, 17p 1.0, 19p
2.1 IP, 49 pitches
Manny Parra
2.0, 27p
2.0 IP, 27 pitches
Alfredo Simon 1.0, 24p
1.0, 10p

2.0 IP, 34 pitches

The bullpen could use a long outing from Latos today. Dusty would likely prefer to avoid using Chapman and Broxton if possible.

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