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Goldschmidt looks to lead Cardinals over Reds

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St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Cardinals have won four of the first seven matchups of the season with the Reds, and are 13-4 in their last 17 games in Cincinnati. In this year's meetings, St. Louis is averaging 5.8 runs in its four wins but just 1.3 runs per game in its three defeats.
  2. The Cardinals haven't scored in double digits since beating the Royals 10-3 on May 22. This stretch of 45 consecutive games of failing to score in double digits is the longest active streak in the majors, and only the fourth time since 2010 the Cardinals have had such a streak of at least 45 games.
  3. Tyler O'Neil went 7-for-12 with three homers and 6 RBI in the Cardinals' last series with the Pirates. He's batting .400 with four home runs and 11 RBI this month, and only the Marlins' Starlin Castro (7) has more multi-hit games in July than O'Neil's 6.
  4. Paul Goldschmidt has four homers and 12 RBI in his last nine games after totaling four home runs and eight RBI in previous 44 contests. Since his first full season in the majors in 2012, Goldschmidt's 121 RBI in July trail only Albert Pujols (133) and Mike Trout (129) for the most in MLB.
  5. The Reds have hit a major league-low 130 doubles this season, and haven't finished a season last in MLB in doubles since 1928, when they were tied with the Brooklyn Robins with 229. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have surrendered a major league-low 135 doubles, and they haven't finished a season having allowed the fewest two-baggers in MLB since 1997, when they were tied with the Marlins with 232 permitted.
  6. Yasiel Puig hit his 22nd homer of the season on Monday, and is now slashing .363/.409/.775 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 22 games since June 19. That 1.184 OPS is the best in the NL since June 19 among the 73 batters with at least 80 plate appearances.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/18/2019 thru 7/21/2019

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is still trying to find the swing that made him a National League All-Star for six consecutive seasons.

He'll continue to work toward that goal when the Cardinals visit the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday night.

Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning on Wednesday afternoon to lift St. Louis to a 6-5 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates in the rubber game of a three-game series.

The Cardinals are 4-2 coming out of the All-Star break.

Since breaking into the majors full time in 2012, Goldschmidt hasn't hit lower than .286 in the past seven seasons, all with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After getting traded to the Cardinals in the offseason, however, Goldschmidt hasn't hit better than .280 since going 0-for-4 against the Reds on April 28, dropping his average to .274.

He's currently at .251.

"Not getting too high or too low in this game is important," Goldschmidt told Fox Sports Midwest after the Wednesday win.

Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson will try to win his third straight start in July when he opposes the Reds on Thursday. Hudson has benefited from early run support in his past two outings, which was helpful considering he wasn't particularly sharp in either appearance.

He allowed three runs and six hits over five innings in a 9-4 win at San Francisco on July 5. He struck out six and walked three.

Hudson (8-4, 3.48 ERA) was better his last time out on Saturday, but he still struggled with his control at times. He allowed two runs and three hits in six innings of a 4-2 win against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, striking out five and walking four.

Hudson made his only two career starts against the Reds this season.

He allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings on April 27 in St. Louis, earning the win in the 6-3 victory.

He was even better when the Reds returned to St. Louis in early June, allowing one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, but he did not receive the decision in a 3-1 win by the Cardinals.

Cincinnati lost 5-2 to the Cubs in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon, the second straight series coming out of the All-Star break that the Reds dropped the rubber game.

"Just a tough road trip in general, especially with only winning two games," Reds center fielder Nick Senzel, who left the Wednesday game due to hamstring tightness, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Plus, the injuries. It's tough. Next man up. We have to stay together as a club, can't get down. Still a lot of season left, so we're not going to give up."

Cincinnati will send veteran right-hander Tanner Roark to the mound in the series opener against St. Louis.

Roark will look to improve over his last outing on Saturday, when he sat through a rain delay of over three hours at Colorado and then allowed seven runs and a career-high 13 hits.

He lasted just 4 2/3 innings in the Reds' 17-9 victory, leaving him ineligible for the win.

Roark (5-6, 3.99 ERA) has faced the Cardinals once this season, allowing one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 5-2 win in Cincinnati on April 13. Roark did not receive a decision in that game, nor in his past three outings.

Roark is 2-3 in his career against St. Louis with a 5.74 ERA in eight games (six starts).

--Field Level Media

Updated July 18, 2019

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