The St. Louis Cardinals used the April version of the Cincinnati Reds to get off to a good start and briefly lead the National League Central.
On Friday night, St. Louis will open its last series before the All-Star break when Cincinnati arrives at Busch Stadium. But it might not recognize this iteration of the Reds.
Carlos Martinez (6-4, 3.05), who has snapped back into form after a mostly rocky June, will take the mound for the Cardinals. Martinez has won three straight starts, including a 3-2 decision Saturday in San Francisco in which he cruised through seven innings, scattering six hits and allowing a run with no walks and three strikeouts.
It will be Martinez’s fourth start against Cincinnati in 2018. He’s 1-1 with a no-decision, falling 6-3 to the Reds on June 10, when he walked seven batters in 3 2/3 innings. Martinez blanked Cincinnati in 13 innings in two April outings, and is 7-4 with a 3.60 ERA in 22 career games, 11 of them starts.
St. Louis (47-44) is coming off a 5-4 road trip that ended with a thud, a 4-0 loss Wednesday night at the Chicago White Sox. It’s in third place in the division, seven http://www.officialauthenticpackerstore.com/Nike-Bart-Starr-Jersey.html games behind first-place Milwaukee.
The Rockies (48-45) have won a season-high four straight series, all against teams above .500 — the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Rockies, winners of 10 of their past 13 games overall, also are gaining traction at Coors Field, where they have won nine of their past 12 games dating from June 19 to improve their home record to 20-23.
The Rockies won the rubber game Thursday against Arizona http://www.officialnuggetshop.com/authentic-22-richard-jefferson-jersey.html for their first series win against the Diamondbacks since May 5-7, 2017. Before dropping the final two games of the series, the Diamondbacks had won 13 of their past 16 games against the Rockies.
They’ve given us a really hard time, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said. So to win a series finally at home against them feels really good. I don’t know how many series in a row that is, three or four series in a row. We got a chance to win another one here going into the break, Authentic Richard Jefferson Jersey so that’d be big.
Senzatela is 1-1, 4.15 in two starts since replacing Jon Gray in the rotation. He pitched seven scoreless innings July 3 against the Giants but gave up six runs in six innings Sunday at Bart Starr Authentic Jersey Seattle and lost 6-4.