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Reds at Cardinals, Game Two: Preview and Lineups

Last night was fun.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds whooped some ass last night when it was all said and done, and it was a much deserved ass whooping to the Cards if you really think about it. You don’t really have to think about it all that hard, really, because they could always use one.

What I mean is, really, that the Reds are always kinda on the other end of that aforementioned ass whooping. That they weren’t last night is somewhat of a win in itself, but how they did it was pretty damn cool too.

Today the Reds are facing Jack Flaherty. Flaherty has been pretty good this year, but he’s struggled a bit lately. On the season, he’s got a 3.34 ERA, which is great! But he only lasted 69 (nice) innings last time out, worth 2.1 IP against the Giants, where he allowed 2 ER and 2 BB. In his last three starts, Flaherty has a line of 12.1 IP, 10 ER, and 14 H, good for a 7.30 ERA (.864 OPS against), which, uh, isn’t great!

Jack can be had, is what I’m saying. Though he’s a very talented arm, ranked as high as a top 40 prospect coming into this season. He’s a Cardinal, so don’t be surprised to watch him rack up 13 Ks against your favorite team today. Devil magic, and all.

Luis Castillo goes for the Reds, speaking of very talented arms. As good as he was in June, he’s not been great since. He’s got a near 5 ERA in his last 3 starts. I hate that, but he’s also better than that. When he’s on, there are few pitchers better. He has to avoid the big inning.

I think the All Star break will do some good.

Cincinnati Lineup

St. Louis Lineup