Sonny Gray (4-1, 2.05 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (2-0, 1.64 ERA)
The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals meet for the first of a four-game series in St. Louis at Busch Stadium. All four games will take place at Busch Stadium. This is not a split series with two games in Cincinnati and St. Louis.
Both of these teams had to miss some time because of positive coronavirus tests. The Cardinals outbreak lasted for a while, and they played no games until August 15 after a 3-0 loss against the Minnesota Twins on July 29. They have a lot of double headers ahead of them to make up for lost time.
The Cardinals have gone 4-4 in eight games since returning to the diamond. Overall, they head into Thursday with a record of 6-7. There is no competition for the Cubs in the NL Central at the moment. They maintained a four-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers following their 4-2 win over the Cards yesterday.
Johan Oviedo was in fine form for the Cardinals, as he held the Cubs to 2 hits and 2 runs. But, that wasn’t enough for the Cards, as the offense didn’t help Oviedo out much. The Cardinals were able to win the first game of the double header, though, with a 9-2 win earlier in the day.
It’s going to be interesting what happens to the Cardinals with all of these double headers. I don’t know if that’s going to help or hurt them. I’m going to lean with hurt, but we can at least say that they aren’t going to be rusty.
Remember that there are only 7 innings in double-header matchups. I don’t care for that rule, though I respect and understand the decision by Major League Baseball. The Reds had to take some games off, but not nearly as many as the Cardinals.
The Reds head into Thursday with a record of 10-12. I would say that’s disappointing for the Reds. They have some talent on their team, but the results haven’t been there for Cincinnati, yet anyway. After suffering a 4-0 loss in the first game of a double-header Wednesday, the roles were reversed with the Reds winning 5-0 in the evening game.
Brad Keller was tremendous for the Royals in Game 1 and then Trevor Bauer fired back in the next game. Bauer allowed just 1 hit and no runs across 7 innings. Sonny Gray and Adam Wainwright will get their chance in the rotation Thursday. Head below for our free Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals pick for August 20, 2020.
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Sonny Gray certainly deserves to have some success this season. He and Trevor Bauer have both been doing their part in leading the Cincinnati rotation, but they are going to need help from the offense. Gray heads into this one with an ERA of 2.05 and 0.91 WHIP through five games, consisting of 30.2 innings of work. He has given up 1 or no earned runs in four out of five games this season.
Gray had one trouble spot against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 9. The Brewers got to Gray for 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings. Gray bounced back in fine form versus the Pirates with 5 hits and 1 earned run allowed in his most recent outing.
The start in Milwaukee is the only road outing for Gray in 2020 so far. He left that game with a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. Gray has been serviceable against the Cards in his career. He looks much more comfortable in Cincinnati than he did with the Yankees in New York.Staying away from a big market is the best advice for Gray.
Adam Wainwright would be held in consideration as comeback player of the year if Wainwright can stay hot. It has only been two starts, so let’s not get too excited, but Wainwright has looked like vintage Wainwright thus far.
In two appearances against the White Sox and Bucs, Wainwright has a 1.64 ERA and 0.82 WHIP. The White Sox and Pirates hit just .135 against Wainwright across 11 innings, with 1 run scored for each team. I’m not saying that Wainwright is “back”, but the value as a home dog looks like too much to pass up here.