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TODAY’S GAME: Is Game 3 (0-2) of a 3-game series vs Melody Yount’s
first-place Cardinals and Game 3 (0-2) of a 6-game homestand that features
tomorrow’s off day followed by a 3-game rematch vs the Padres…following
this homestand the Redlegs hit the road again for a 7-day, 6-game road trip
to Col’s Coors Field (3g) and Mil’s American Family Field (off day, 3g)…on
their previous road trip the Reds went 0-7 (0-4 at LAD, 0-3 at SD), including
their first 4-game series sweep loss to the Dodgers since April 1975 and
their second consecutive series sweep loss at Petco Park…was Cin’s first
winless road trip of at least 7 games since 6/7-6/14, 2004 (0-3 at Oak, 0-3
at Cle, 0-1 at Phi).

SERIES NOTES: The Reds haven’t been swept by the Cardinals at Great
American Ball Park since 4/12-4/15, 2018 (4g)…with a 10-9 record,
last season the Reds produced their first winning season series vs the
Cardinals since 2011 (9-6)…the Reds’ 6-game winning streak from 6/3-
7/24 of last season was their longest winning streak vs the Cardinals since
a 6-game winning streak from 5/5-5/14, 2003…went 7-8-3 in their previous
18 series vs StL, including 3-3 in 6 series last season…from 6/3-6/7, the
Reds earned their first 4-game sweep in St. Louis since 5/4-5/7, 1990…
Joey Votto has 212 apps and 224 career hits vs StL, both the most among
active players (224-739, .303/.422/.513, .935ops)…in the live ball era, his
career .422 OBP vs StL ranks third among all players with at least 500 plate
apps (Lefty O’Doul .477, Ralph Kiner .424).

PADRES UP NEXT: Over the last 2 seasons, the Reds are 1-9 vs SD and
lost 2 of the 3 games played here last season…beginning in 2013 are 8-21
at Petco Park and lost their last 8 games there dating back to a 4-2 win
on 4/20/19…the Padres swept the last 2 series in San Diego, including last
week’s 3-game set…in the 2021 trip to Petco, from 6/17-6/20, the Padres
earned their first ever 4-game series sweep vs the Reds.

LEADING OFF: The Reds haven’t held a lead through the end of a full inning
since their 6-3 win on 4/10 at Atl (11g, 99 innings), including 6-game and
54-inning streaks from 4/12-4/17 (2g vs Cle, 4g at LAD) in which they never
held the lead at any point in a game…the Reds went 6 straight games
without holding a lead at any point in any game for the third time since 2006
(2018, 2019)…courtesy @EliasSports.

GOOD CHANCE FOR A HOMER TODAY…: Neither team has homered
in this series after the Indians and Reds produced 9 HR in the first series
here…only twice in Great American Ball Park history were there streaks
of 3 straight games without a home run by either team: 7/25-7/27, 2014 vs
Wsh and 9/5 vs Det & 9/17-9/18 vs LAD, 2021.

OPENING DAYS: The Reds participated in 3 Opening Day games, including
a 6-3 win at Atl to begin the championship season, a 10-5 loss in the home
opener on 4/12 vs Cle and a 9-3 loss on 4/14 at LAD…for only the third
time since 1890, the Redlegs opened a regular season on the road…the
Reds suffered a season-opening 4-3 loss at Phi on April 15, 1966 after the
scheduled 3-game series vs Mets at Crosley Field was rained out…the wireto-wire 1990 World Series champion Reds opened that season with an 8-4
win at Hou on April 9 after spring training was delayed by a 32-day lockout.

YOUNG GUNS: The Reds’ Opening Day roster included 3 pitchers with
0.000 days of service time (relievers RHP Alexis Diaz & RHP Daniel Duarte,
starter RHP Hunter Greene) and 9 pitchers with less than 1.000 year
of service time…a fourth pitcher with no service time, LHP Nick Lodolo,
replaced Duarte when Lodolo was promoted to start on 4/12 vs Cle…in LHP
Reiver Sanmartin (Game 2, 3rd Major League start), Greene (Game 4, ML
debut) and Lodolo (Game 6, ML debut), the Reds used as many as 3 rookie
starting pitchers in the first 6 games of a season for only the second time
in their history…the 1902 Reds staff used 3 rookie starting pitchers in their
first 5 games, and 4 of their first 6 games that season were started by rookie
pitchers…courtesy @EliasSports.

• RHP Luis Castillo (right shoulder strain) threw 20 pitches in a
live batting practice on Fri at Dodger Stadium and 35 pitches
in a live BP on Tue at SD’s Petco Park…this afternoon he is
scheduled to make a 50-pitch rehabilitation start for Class A
Dayton vs West Michigan.
• The Reds’ current injured list includes 11 players…began the
season with 8 players on the injured list, their highest total to
begin a season since they began the 2014 campaign with 8
players on the disabled list…since Opening Day have added
6 more players to the injured list.
• Kyle Farmer became the sixth consecutive different player to
start at shortstop for the Reds on Opening Day (Zack Cozart
2017, José Peraza 2018, José Iglesias 2019, Freddy Galvis
2020, Eugenio Suárez 2021, Farmer 2022)…last season,
Farmer led the Reds with 115 starts at shortstop.
THE SKIPPER…: David Bell is in his fourth season as a Major
League manager…on 9/22 of last season, the club announced
Bell’s 2-year contract extension through the 2023 season

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