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Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 14,903

Cardinals send out Martinez to face Reds

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St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Reds allowed just five runs to the Pirates as they swept all three games and extended their home winning streak to seven in a row. It is the longest home winning streak for Cincinnati since another seven-game run from May 4-17, 2011.
  2. The Cardinals were swept in a three-game set at the Cubs over the weekend to fall six games back in the NL Central. It was the fifth time this season St. Louis has been swept on the road, its most since seven times in 2007.
  3. Scooter Gennett slugged his 25th home run of the year in Sunday's win against the Pirates. Gennett is the first Reds second baseman with 25+ homers in a season since Brandon Phillips crushed 30 in 2007.
  4. Matt Carpenter went 1-for-5 with his 30th double of the season in Sunday's loss at the Cubs. Carpenter is the first Cardinal with five straight 30-double seasons since Matt Holliday from 2010-14.
  5. Tucker Barnhart was 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI in the win on Sunday over Pittsburgh. Barnhart is the first Reds catcher with multiple triples in a season since Paul Bako in 2008.
  6. Jack Flaherty took the loss against the Reds on Wednesday, allowing three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings. Flaherty is the first Cardinals pitcher to allow a home run in each of his first three career starts since Luke Weaver in his first five last season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/19/2017 thru 9/21/2017

CINCINNATI -- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez will celebrate his 26th birthday on Thursday.

Manager Mike Matheny believes there is still plenty of untapped potential in Martinez's arm. The key is consistency, something that has eluded Martinez at times during his four big league seasons.

Martinez will make his 31st start of the season Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

"He is doing a great job taking those steps to get where he is right now," Matheny said. "That next step is consistency of every single pitch. He'll be sailing along, then give up a two-out hit to the pitcher and the inning kind of starts to blow up. That just comes with experience."

Martinez (11-11, 3.57 ERA) has 205 strikeouts and 66 walks in 194 1/3 innings.

"He went from a flamethrower who tried to blow it past guys to a guy who's making quality pitches with movement," Matheny said. "He's not afraid to use off-speed pitches in any count. He should be in the conversation of best pitchers in the game, in my opinion."

St. Louis (79-72) is trying to keep its postseason hopes alive. The Cardinals trail the first-place Chicago Cubs by five games in the National League Central and are 2 1/2 games off the pace in the NL wild-card race.

Cincinnati (66-86) has hit Martinez hard at times during his career. He is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA against them in two starts this season and 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 18 appearances overall, including seven starts. However, he has pitched well in Great American Ball Park, producing a 2.93 ERA.

Reds right-hander Homer Bailey might have finally turned a corner in his comeback season after missing most of the past two years with multiple arm surgeries. Bailey has allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of his past five starts.

Since coming back off the disabled list on June 24, Bailey is 5-8 with a 6.86 ERA but has shown signs of getting on track.

In his last start on Friday, a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bailey allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches and felt it.

"Usually at 90 pitches, I have another gear," Bailey said. "It's not like I'm tired out there, but I feel it. I'm still missing those preseason workouts."

Bailey is 6-12 with a 5.75 ERA in 22 career starts against the Cardinals. He last faced them on Aug. 6, when he allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings during a 13-4 loss at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati is 9-9 this season against the Cardinals with one game remaining. The Reds are 5-3 against St. Louis at Great American Ball Park. Losses in the first two games of the series prevented Cincinnati from securing its first season series win over St. Louis since 2011. Cincinnati is 3-3-2 against the Cardinals in the past eight completed series of more than one game.

Updated September 21, 2017

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