(BaseballStL) -- Over the last 3 seasons, the Cardinals’ ace has struggle against the Reds, going just 2-5 in 7 games pitched.
But he has pitched the Redbirds to a 1-0 victory in late March over one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, Johnny Cueto. Wainwright is also coming off of his best game, throwing a complete game against
Wainwright will have to watch out for Jay Bruce, who just came off of the 15-day DL after having knee surgery. Bruce has two homers and 8 RBIs off of the Georgia native. Ryan Ludwick, Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips all have homers against Wainwright.
Wainwright faces off against the Reds’ baby-faced Mike Leake. Against the Rebirds, Leake has gone 1-3 in 6 starts. He won a 4-0 decision earlier in the season at Busch Stadium. He allowed just 4 hits and 1 walk in 8.0 innings of work.
Matt Holliday is hitting .423 off the 26-year-old with 3 doubles, one homer and 6 RBIs.
BFFs: Molina and Great American Ballpark
After the infamous brawl in Cincinnati in 2010, Yadier Molina has enjoyed hitting at Great American Ballpark hitting 6 homers over the past three years. Those 5 homers trail Busch Stadium, at 19, and Wrigley Field, at 6 bombs. He’s also plated 10 RBIs.
NL Central race
The Milwaukee Brewers dropped Saturday’s game to the Miami Marlins 2-1 and allowed the Cardinals to gain a game on the division leaders. At 27-22, the Redbirds are just 1.5 back of the Brew Crew. The Brewers were able to beat the Marlins Sunday to push the Cardinals to 2 games back, before Sunday night's results.
The Reds, at 22-25, are 6.0 games back and Pittsburgh is a .5 back from the Reds. At the bottom of the division is the Chicago Cubs at 10 games back.