Big series, I’m sure you’re aware of that. Now in the 2010s, Cardinals have actually become a big factor. As of 2010, Reds only had one winning season series against the Cardinals, that would be 2011, look what happened in 2011. Now look at this season series, Cardinals lead 8-4, to clinch a season series in a division, you have to win 10.
Here is what the Reds need to do while being 2.5 back of 1st place, whom the Cardinals and Pirates both have right now. Reds and Cardinals have 7 games left, 5 Reds wins equates to a .5 game lead against the Cardinals, as a person who knows that the Reds don’t succeed at St. Louis 2 or even a sweep can help their cause to get those 5 wins against the Cardinals.
Mike Leake: 5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, BB & 3 SO
Tyler Lyons: 5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 4 2B, 4 HR, 5 R, 4 SO, 4 HBP & 4 SF
*Tyler Lyons has not faced Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick and Mike Leake and has pitched against the Reds once.