Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals
Monday, August 18, 7:15 PM CDT , Busch Stadium
Mike Leake, RHP
Justin Masterson, RHPLeake homered to help his own cause, but also gave up five runs on eight hits while walking one and fanning three in a loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday. In 11 career appearances (10 starts) against St. Louis, Leake is 3-5 with a 4.85 ERA.
Tuesday, August 19, 7:15 PM CDT , Busch StadiumMasterson finally showed his new team he could return to form when he shut out the Fish for seven innings on Wednesday. He held them to three hits and induced 12 groundouts in his sixth victory of the season, his second as a Cardinal.
Alfredo Simon, RHP
John Lackey, RHPSimon is winless since the All-Star break at 0-5 with a 5.46 ERA in his last six starts. While his velocity is strong, he's lacking strong execution of his pitches --namely his sinker and breaking ball.
Wednesday, August 20, 6:15 PM CDT , Busch StadiumLackey has made two home starts as a Cardinal and has gone seven innings with two runs allowed in both. He incorporated more offspeed pitches into his game plan the last time out with much success at the urging of catcher Tony Cruz.
Johnny Cueto, RHP
Lance Lynn, RHPCueto pitched eight innings and allowed two earned runs in a 3-2 win over the Rockies on Friday. He has worked at least eight innings with two earned runs or fewer allowed 11 times this season. He is also riding a career-high six-game winning streak.
Lynn has pitched six or more innings with two or fewer runs allowed in seven of his last eight outings and became the seventh NL pitcher to 13 wins in his last one. Since the start of July, Lynn has posted a 1.97 ERA.