After the Cardinals slugged six homers to win the series opener with the Reds, the clubs will meet Saturday afternoon for the middle matchup of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. The game will feature a young arm coming off arguably the best start of his career against an ace still finding his way back from injury.
Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan (0-0, 2.84 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the seventh during his last start against the Cubs, until David Ross broke it up with a two-out single. The 23-year-old is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in three appearances (one start) against St. Louis.
Cardinals righty Adam Wainwright (0-1, 6.55 ERA) has struggled with his control after missing most of 2015 with an Achilles injury. He has walked eight hitters in 11 innings this season after walking 85 batters in 468 2/3 total innings across the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Three things to know about this game
• Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is 2-for-5 in his career against Finnegan, and both hits were home runs.
• Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is still bothered by some upper leg stiffness, manager Bryan Price said. Mesoraco could return in the next couple of days.
• Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is 10-for-11 in stolen-base attempts against Platinum and Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina, including 8-for-9 the past two seasons.