Cincinnati takes on St. Louis in division play

Cincinnati takes on St. Louis in division play
The Cincinnati Reds will take on division foe St. Louis at Great American Ball Park

St. Louis Cardinals (48-46, third in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (43-50, fifth in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (8-4, 3.48 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 73 strikeouts) Reds: Tanner Roark (5-6, 3.99 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 95 strikeouts)

LINE: Reds favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Cincinnati will host St. Louis in a matchup of division rivals.

The Reds are 19-23 against NL Central opponents. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.89, Luis Castillo paces the staff with a mark of 2.49.

The Cardinals are 17-18 against the rest of their division. The St. Louis pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.05, Jack Flaherty paces the staff with a mark of 4.41.

TOP PERFORMERS: Yasiel Puig leads the Reds with 58 RBIs and is batting .259. Jose Peraza is 9-for-19 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Cincinnati.

Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 88 hits and has 43 RBIs. Tyler O'Neill is 14-for-33 with two doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for St. Louis.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 4-6, .261 batting average, 4.84 ERA, outscored by six runs

Cardinals: 6-4, .248 batting average, 3.27 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs

Reds Injuries: Alex Wood: 60-day IL (back), Amir Garrett: 10-day IL (lat), Nick Senzel: day-to-day (hamstring), Derek Dietrich: day-to-day (knee), Kyle Farmer: day-to-day (head), Curt Casali: day-to-day (knee), Tucker Barnhart: 10-day IL (oblique).

Cardinals Injuries: Mike Mayers: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jordan Hicks: 60-day IL (elbow), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Marcell Ozuna: 10-day IL (hand), Jedd Gyorko: 10-day IL (back), Matt Carpenter: 10-day IL (foot), Yadier Molina: 10-day IL (thumb).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.