REDBIRD RUNDOWN: The Cardinals are 24 games over .500, and in first place in the N.L. Central by 1.5 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates...the Cardinals are 4.5 games ahead of Cincinnati...the Cardinals have 16 home dates remaining and 14 road games.
SWEEPING HOUSE: St. Louis is looking for a sweep over the Reds tonight with a win for the first series sweep over Cincinnati since Aug. 9-11, 2010 at Cincinnati.
TURNING THE SHIP AROUND: Since going on a 4-13 skid from July 26 to August 10, that included a seven-game loosing streak (7/26-31), the Cardinals have gone 12-4 since August 11...the Birds have won their last five series, the most consecutive series wins since winning six-straight in May (5/10-28).
JOE KELLY'S AUGUST: Joe Kelly won his sixth game in yesterday's win, his 5th win during the month of August... Kelly is just the 11th Cardinals pitcher to go undeafted in August with at least five wins and is the 49th Cardinals pitcher in franchise history to go undefeated in any month with at least a 5-0 or better record (C. Carpenter was
the last, going 5-0 in August 2009).
WHAT'S SIEGRIST'S SECRECT?: Lefthanded reliever Kevin Siegrist has been unscored upon in 13 August apperances (13.1IP), striking out 20 during that time...he is tied for 1st in ERA (0.00) and leads in K/9 (13.5) in Cardinals history for pitchers with 13+ appearances in August...Siegrist has fanned 40 batters in 28.0 innings (30 games) overall, and was unscored upon in a STL rookie record first 12 games, allowing just a single run twice.
PLAYOFF & DIVISION BATTLES: The Redbirds are in the midst of 17 games against NL playoff contenders: ATL(3-1), CIN-3 (2-0), at PIT-3, at CIN-4, PIT-3 and began a stretch Monday of 13 games facing Cincinnati and Pittsburgh...St. Louis has 20 divisional games remaining with CHI (3), CIN (4), MIL (7) and PIT (6)...at 34-22 (.607) in divisional play this season, the team is aiming for their 5th consecutive season with a winning mark inside their division.
DOG DAY DOUBLES: The Cardinals have a streak of 18-straight games with a double, a season high...St. Louis has cracked 69 doubles this month, T4th-most in team history for August (2001-69; 1936-70).
TONIGHT'S GAME: St. Louis plays the final game of three vs. Cincinnati (2-0) tonight as well as the final game of this seven-game homestand...St. Louis went 3-1 vs. the N.L. East leading Atlanta
Braves to start off the stand...tonight's first pitch is 7:15 p.m. ...the club will leave tomorrow afternoon for a six-game trip with three at Pittsburgh and Cincinnati each.
CARDINALS vs. CINCINNATI:
Season: 19 games; next meeting 9/2-5 at CIN
2013: 10-4 (6-2 at STL, 4-2 at CIN)
2012: 8-7 (4-2 at STL, 4-5 at CIN)
All-Time: 1088-955 (41-22 at Busch Stadium III)
Last Time STL sweep: 8/9-11/10 at CIN
Last Time CIN sweep: 7/13-15/12 at CIN