REDS (28-32) AT CARDINALS (30-29)
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Dakota Hudson was forced to let his excitement bubble a few more hours, but the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander should feel extra fresh heading into the series finale against the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon.
Hudson was expected to start on Wednesday night against the Reds, but the game was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Aug. 31.
Hudson (4-3, 3.94 ERA) is coming of a strong month of May in which he went 2-2 with a 2.80 ERA in six starts. In his past three outings, he pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer.
He most recently allowed one run and four hits in six innings of a 5-3 win in Philadelphia on May 30, giving him six days of rest heading into the series finale.
Hudson watched his fellow staff members limit the Chicago Cubs to six runs in a three-game sweep last weekend, all the while counting down the hours until his next appearance.
“I get excited all week long,” he told reporters. “I watch the other guys go out and do their thing, then I feel like I’m ready to go out and compete to win a game every time I’m out there.”
Hudson has one career start against the Reds, an April 27 game in St. Louis in which he gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, earning the win in the 6-3 victory. He also threw two scoreless innings of relief against Cincinnati last Sept. 2.
The Reds won the series opener 4-1 on Tuesday night to end the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak.
Cincinnati has had different players get hot at different times this season, and recently left fielder/second baseman Jose Peraza has joined that trend.
Peraza went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the win on Tuesday, and is 6-for-16 in the past five games with just one strikeout. His average has inched up from .196 to .213.
“We know he can hit. He’s shown that,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It would be great to get him going and get him into a little bit of a groove at the plate.”
Anthony DeSclafani was scheduled to oppose Hudson on Wednesday, and he’ll try to take advantage of an extra day of rest, as well.
DeSclafani (2-3, 4.97) didn’t fare nearly as well in May as did Hudson, going 1-2 with a 5.59 ERA.
He is 6-2 against the Cardinals in his career — twice as many wins as against any other club — with a 3.45 ERA.
DeSclafani had his best performance of the season against the Cardinals, tossing six shutout innings on April 26 in a 12-1 win in St. Louis. He also faced the Cardinals on April 14, allowing four runs and five hits in four innings of a 9-5 loss. He did not receive the decision.
St. Louis veterans Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt have hit very well against DeSclafani in their careers.
Carpenter is 11-for-24 with three home runs and seven walks off DeSclafani, and Goldschmidt is 8-for-15 with a home run.
St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong, on the other hand, is 0-for-17 off DeSclafani.
After hitting .170 last month, Wong’s batting average has also dipped to .237, but he remained in the starting lineup on Wednesday.
–Field Level Media