Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals at Reds

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals at Reds

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SCOUTING REPORT * The Cardinals have won three of the previous four series this year and hold a 7-5 edge with seven games remaining, including four in St. Louis the last week of the season. ... Billy Hamilton bedeviled the Cardinals the last time the teams met in August. Reaching six times in the first two games of the series, Hamilton stole five bases. The Cardinals solved that problem, temporarily, by keeping Hamilton off base in the last game of the series.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who started slowly this season, hitting .229 in April and .200 in May, batted .319, .413 and .394 in the three succeeding months as he took his normal place among the league's leading hitters. ... The Cardinals are 40-25 away from home while the Reds are 32-33 at home. ... The Cardinals would seem to have a good chance to extend their streak of games in which they have hit a home run. …

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