The Cardinals were 14-5 against the Reds last season, the best record vs. an N.L. Central opponent, and had a 7-2 winning mark against Cincy in St. Louis.
After today's game the Cardinals and Reds will face each other 14 more times this season.
After last night's 5-1 victory over the Reds, behind the pitching and hitting of Jason Marquis, the Redbirds hold a 1,017-903 advantage all-time vs. Cincinnati.
In today's "Wednesday business man's special", at the ballpark, Mark Mulder will take the mound as a member of the Cardinals for the second time, in the final game of a two-game series against the Reds at 12:10 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium.
The Redbirds' newest pitcher and designated staff ace will go against Cincy newcomer Ramon Ortiz.
Mulder took a no-decision in the Cardinals home opener last Friday (4/8) vs. Phillies. The new Cardinal went 6.0 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) off nine hits while striking out four.
Clearly Mulder didn't have his best stuff, but he fought hard and never gave up and the baseball Gods rewarded the Cardinals with a win. A win they didn't deserve, but will take. That's baseball, you win some you shouldn't, you lose some you shouldn't. It usually all evens out by the end of the season.
Mark was 2-2 this spring with a 3.60 ERA in 25.0 IP. The Cardinals are going to need a big year out of Mulder if they hope to return to the Fall Classic.
WHO'S HOT - Jason Marquis collected his first victory of the year against the Reds at home at Busch stadium, on Tuesday, throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing only one run on five hits, while striking out six.
He helped himself to the win with a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning. As a matter of fact if he hadn't hit that triple, the way the Cardinals are hitting we would probably still be playing the game.
Marquis holds a 1.46 ERA over his first two starts, looking more like the staff ace than one of the New Kids On The Block.
WHO'S NOT - Yadier Molina, while Molina has been decent behind the plate and was even impressive in last night's game, picking off a runner at first, Molina has failed to get his first hit of the season. The kid is 0-16.
RHP Cal Eldred: had a relapse of his upper respiratory symptoms Monday night and was admitted to a local hospital for a comprehensive evaluation of his condition.
Eldred will have a series of tests that the team expects to have the report on by Wednesday night.
RHP Matt Morris: will make his second rehab start today for Palm Beach (H-A) and will rejoin the team on Friday.
UTL John Mabry: minor hamstring injury on light duty.
Thu., April 14 -- OFF DAY
Sun., April 17 vs. REDS: Jason Marquis (0-0, 1.50+) vs. Victor Santos (First App.) 1:05 p.m.#
Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KMOX Radio
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