(BaseballStL) -- With the Reds facing their first sweep in St. Louis in five seasons, things have to be getting tense in Cincinnati's clubhouse.
Sitting 4.5 games back from the Cardinals in the division and five ahead of the Diamondbacks for the second NL wildcard spot, the Reds are in desperate need of a big win.
Unfortunately for them, Busch Stadium is a house of horrors for Homer Bailey. He's got seven starts in St. Louis and not a win to show for it. His 0-5 record and 6.90 ERA have been gruesome, and 2013 hasn't been any better.
In his two losses at Busch, Bailey has given up 18 hits, four homers and 11 runs in all, lasting 10.1 innings.
His counterpart is a Cy Young candidate in Adam Wainwright looking to win a league-best 16th game. Wainwright has split a pair of starts against the Reds, despite posting a 1.07 WHIP against them this year. His loss was a 2-1 game in which he went seven innings and allowed five hits.
After Monday's gut-wrenching loss, the Reds appeared lost in the rematch Tuesday. Scattering eight hits and scoring only a run, the Reds seemed off; bobbling balls in the outfield and ending up with two runners on third to end an inning.
After winning the division in 2010 and 2012 but coming away with only two postseason wins, one would assume a late-season collapse would be a crushing blow to an organization that has spent heavily on talent of late.
Perhaps that pressure is beginning to weigh on the Reds. There won't be any relief Wednesday, as the Cardinal offense is humming, posting 18 straight games with a double and being led by Matt Holliday's seven game RBI streak.