Reyes Winless in Saint Louis

St. Louis Cardinals rookie starter Anthony Reyes will take the mound Sunday in the fourth and final game of the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers of Anaheim. He will be searching for his first win ever in St. Louis.

Named the Cardinals' top pitching prospect each of the last two seasons by Baseball America and ranked as the Top Cardinal Prospect in January by the Birdhouse Staff, Anthony Reyes (1-3 3.86) will take the mound Sunday and will have to face the Dodgers' staff ace, Brad Penny (10-2 .2.91).

Reyes will be making his seventh start of the season and his first career start against the Dodgers.

The rookie has lost three straight decisions and has not won since his season debut on May 20th, at Kansas City.

Reyes has lasted 5.0 innings in each of his last three starts and has allowed nine runs on 11 hits in his last two starts (10.0 IP)

The 24 year old right-hander will be searching for his first win in St. Louis, as he is 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in two starts at the new Busch Stadium and he posted a no-decision in his one relief outing at the old Busch last season.

This season Reyes has limited opponents to a .202 batting average (25-124) while walking 12 and fanning 25 in 30 innings.

Originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2002 amateur draft, Reyes didn't sign and the following year he was selected by the Cardinals in the 15th round (455th overall) of the June 2003 free-agent draft.

Reyes, considered the Cardinals top prospect since he signed in 2003, had a very successful first year in the organization, going 9-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 19 starts between Single-A Palm Beach and Double-A Tennessee. Reyes was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2004.

Reyes became the first player to reach the majors from the Cardinals 2003 draft class and he appears to be here to stay.

To pick up his first win in St. Louis, Reyes will have to face the Dodgers' Brad Penny.

Penny, a 27 year old right-hander for the Dodgers and a major league veteran of seven years, will be making his 19th start of the season and his 51st career start for the Dodgers.

Penny is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in eight career starts against St. Louis.

Reyes is expecting to pick up his first win in St. Louis Sunday, if he does, he will have earned it.

Winless in St. Louis? Don't expect that to continue.

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