Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Reds

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Series Preview: Cardinals vs. Reds

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SCOUTING REPORT

The Cardinals, who are 5-8 against the Reds, haven't lost a season series to them since 2011 but must win five of the six remaining games to take the series this year. ... Speedy center fielder Billy Hamilton won't be an issue, however, as he is out with a fractured left thumb suffered trying to bunt. Hamilton, the league leader in steals at 58, has 27 steals in 31 career attempts against the Cardinals, although he has hit just .227 against them in his career.

First baseman Joey Votto may be seeing his share of intentional walks. For the Reds' first 13 games against the Cardinals this year, Votto is 20 for 45 (.444) with six homers, four doubles and 15 runs batted in. That computes to a .519 on-base percentage and .933 slugging percentage.

Lefthander Amir Garrett, who will start Thursday, has only a 3-7 record and 7. …

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