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  W: A. Garrett (4-1)   L: M. Mikolas (6-10)   S: M. Lorenzen (6)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, July 20, 2019
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 38,427

Reds hope to keep Cards down for once

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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

The St. Louis Cardinals are off to a hot start following the All-Star break, and they'll try to maintain the momentum when they face the host Cincinnati Reds again Saturday night.

St. Louis has won six of eight coming out of the break, including come-from-behind wins in the first two games of the four-game series against the Reds.

The Cardinals rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win 7-4 on Thursday, then escaped a 7-0 hole to win 12-11 on Friday.

"We're doing whatever we have to win games," St. Louis outfielder Jose Martinez told Fox Sports Midwest after the win on Friday.

St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas (6-9, 4.15 ERA) will try to maintain the team's hot streak while building off his last outing, when he threw the second complete game of his five-year major league career.

Mikolas scattered eight hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter in the 7-0 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

"I needed it," Mikolas said. "Something to make me feel good and put that first half behind me. Get started on a real good foot."

Mikolas told reporters after his latest outing that he worked on his delivery during the All-Star break, trying to keep his head steady and letting his body work around it.

"Keeping everything toward the plate," he said. "Then carry that to the bullpen session, then out to the game."

Mikolas is 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA in his career against the Reds. He made two starts against Cincinnati in April, going five innings in both games.

He allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits in a 9-5 win on April 14 but did not receive the decision. He gave up four runs and six hits while taking the defeat in an 12-1 loss 11 days later.

Mikolas won his next two outings to improve to 4-2, but he lost seven of his next eight decisions before the shutout against the Pirates.

Reds outfielder Jesse Winker is 5-for-11 with two home runs against Mikolas

Reds starter Luis Castillo (9-3, 2.41 ERA) went into his first All-Star Game earlier this month on a high note, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 1-0 win against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on July 4.

He wasn't as sharp coming out of the All-Star break, but he was still good enough to win, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 6-3 victory at the Chicago Cubs on Monday. He struck out 10 and walked three.

"Just another big step in his progress," said Reds manager David Bell, who was ejected after the bottom of the first inning on Friday, along with third baseman Eugenio Suarez, for arguing with the plate umpire.

Bell has been ejected seven times this season, surpassing Clark Griffith for the club record. Griffith was ejected six times in 1910.

The Cardinals avoided Castillo in April, when he went 3-1 with a 1.45 ERA, but ran into him on June 4. Castillo allowed one run and two hits in six innings and improved to 6-1 with the 4-1 win in St. Louis.

Castillo is 2-3 overall with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 20, 2019

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