McClellan, Cardinals hope to 'kick' Reds out of first place
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Kyle McClellan throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) By Jae C. Hong
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Edinson Volquez follows through with his delivery while pitching against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April, 11, 2011 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) By Lenny Ignelzi
(KMOV.com) – The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals get their first taste of each other in 2011 on Friday night at Busch Stadium. Game time is set for 7:15. Here are tonight’s pitching probables:
Edinson Volquez has not pitched more than six innings in each of his first four starts this season. The right-hander has been atrocious in the first inning. He has a 29.25 ERA in the first inning this season compared to 1.93 ERA after the first inning. Volquez has a 7.80 ERA against right-handed hitters in 2011. Volquez has 3.00 ERA in the only one road game (at San Diego) pitched this season. He is 1-1 with a 4.98 ERA in four career starts against the Cardinals.
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Kyle McClellan continues his phenomenal transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The right-hander will make his fourth start this season. He has won his last two starts (4/11 at Arizona, 4/16 at Los Angeles) and has allowed only two runs in his last 13 innings pitched. Right-handed batters are hitting .324 against him while left-handers are .222. He is making his first career start against the Cincinnati Reds, but has held Reds hitters to a .217 batting average in 18.1 innings as a reliever.