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Five things about the Reds Series

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Thanks to some rain, the St. Louis Cardinals had a brief two game series at home against the Cincinnati Reds, splitting the series. The Cardinals now welcome the Milwaukee Brewers for another four game series. The Cardinals enter that series in second place in the NL Central, a game behind the Chicago Cubs.

Through 24 games, they are 12-12 and a game out of first place. Last year after 24 games, they were 12-12 and six games out of first place. So already an improvement, I guess.

Here’s my five things.

How about Gyorko?

While I may disagree with Mike Matheny’s decision to move Jedd Gyorko to the fourth spot in the order, you can’t disagree with Gyorko’s results at the plate so far this year. He went 4-for-8 in the series with a home run. At this point in the year, Gyorko has the 8th most WAR among position players.

Gyorko has four home runs on the year and has yet to hit anything more than a solo shot. Over the past year and change as a Cardinal, he has hit 34 home runs driven in just 33 base runners (RBI minus himself). If he wants to stick at cleanup, he’s going to have to figure that out.

Molina is still the man

Don’t nap on the basepaths or Yadier Molina will catch you. Just ask Jurickson Profar. And now Eugenio Suarez too. An explanation doesn’t do it justice, you have to see it to believe it.

Starting pitching continues to excel

Lance Lynn may not have been pleased that he lasted only six innings and got into a jam, but the starting pitching continued to be solid against the Reds. Lynn allowed one earned run over 6 innings and Mike Leake did the same. It continues a good run to open up the season for the best starting rotation in baseball.

With his six innings, Lynn lowered his ERA to 2.45 and continued his best start since his first full season in the rotation back in 2012.

And while Leake’s ERA rose to 1.35, it continues to be the league best mark.

“Bat” Adams: Pinch hitter

Matt Adams pinch hit twice in this series and hit a sacrifice fly in his first appearance and then singled in his second. He excelled in that role last year for the Cardinals, going 12-for-37 with 3 home runs and 13 RBI, and it would be beneficial for everyone if he was on the verge of figuring it out again.

Adams has 4 hits in his last four at bats, a pair of doubles, and three RBI. He’s hit .500 over the Cardinals’ last 10 games.

The pattern continues

With a win in the series opener and a loss in the second game of the series, the Cardinals continued their three win, one loss pattern. Now they’ll put that to the test tonight against the Brewers.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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