TIME: 1:10 @ Busch Stadium
REDS PROBABLE: CARDINALS PROBABLE:
Matt Belisle (0-1, 6.75) Mark Mulder (0-0, 6.00)
REDS LINEUP: CARDINALS LINEUP: lF Ryan Freel SS David Eckstein 2B D'Angelo Jimenez RF Larry Walker 1B Sean Casey 1B Albert Pujols 3B Joe Randa 3B Scott Rolen RF Austin Kearns CF Jim Edmonds CF Wily Mo Pena LF Reggie Sanders SS Rich Aurilia 2B Mark Grudzielanek C Jason LaRue C Yadier Molina P Matt Belisle P Mark Mulder
First major league start for Matt Belisle. I'm guessing he won't go more than five innings, and that today will be something of a "bullpen" day. Hopefully Mulder doesn't rebound from his first start of the year. I'm not sure any game in April is a must win, but this is about as close as they come.
It's also amazing that the Cardinals are running the same lineup out two days in a row, but the Reds are incapable of doing the same. Sitting Adam Dunn against the Cardinals in favor of Ryan Freel is ridiculous. I can forgive the sitting of Junior, but Dunn doesn't need a day off when there are two scheduled days off this week.