Miller faces Reds' Homer Bailey in series opener
Posted on May 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM
(BaseballStL) – Shelby Miller has the opportunity to gain his seventh victory, tying teammate Adam Wainwright and Dodgers' Zack Grienke in NL wins, against division rival the Cincinnati Reds and Homer Bailey.
Brandon Phillips, Devin Mesoraco and Joey Votto all have homers against Miller, but the second-year right-hander has been able to hold Reds' hitters to a .254 average in 63 at-bats. In his last start against the Reds, Miller took a 4-0 loss going 6.0 innings and gave up 1 homer.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, have an astronomical average against Bailey at .335 and 9 bombs, 3 from Yadier Molina and 2 from Matt Holliday. Matt Carpenter has also hit well against the Reds' righty, with 13 hits in 22 at-bats.
Six Redbird starters have a combined slugging and on-base percentage over 1.000, Matt Adams, Peter Bourjos, Carpenter, Holliday, Molina, Jhonny Peralta and Kolten Wong. However, Allen Craig has struggled, hitting just. 133 in 15 at-bats.
Bailey has faced the Cardinals twice this season, losing both games and failing to pitch longer than 5.0 innings.
The Redbirds' left fielder has hit safely in his last 6 of 7 games, scoring 9 runs in the last 10 games, hitting .304 in his last seven games.
The 34-year-old is hitting just .267 on the season, but history shows as the weather heats up, so does the number 3 hitter. Last season in April, Holliday hit just .267, but in September hit .378 finishing the season at .300.