Just in time for the bumbling Reds to catch their breath after getting pummelled by the Diamondbacks for 3 straight days, they head to St. Louis. I can’t imagine this is going to be any easier on them.
Since their altercation over the first weekend of the season, the Cardinals are 7-8 and have frustrated their fans as much as the Reds have. All eyes will be on Nick Castellanos and Yadier Molina, but this game and series shouldn’t be about them. The Reds need Castellanos to produce to be able to have a shot this weekend, but the Reds’ pitching needs to step up big to keep them in ballgames.
Starting that pitching today is Sonny Gray, who was on the IL the last time these two teams met. He looked good in his first start of the year, but his arm doesn’t have the same amount of innings built up on it as the rest of the staff, so expect to see another early shower for him and some reliance on the bullpen. Is that a good thing? Probably not.
He’ll face Kwang Hyun Kim in the home dugout, in his second season in St. Louis. He’s also had an abbreviated start to the season, but he was excellent last year despite what his 9 ERA tells you.
With Mike Moustakas on the shelf, it’s nice to see Alex Blandino getting a shot at some games at 3B. He’s got a good opportunity to prove that he belongs at the big league level, which is more than I feel like he’s had so far in his career. Another start behind the plate for Ty Steve, too.
For further reading, checkout an interview that our own Wick Terrell did with old friend C70 over on the other side. Good stuff.