An All-Star this season, Lynn brings a 13-5 record with a 3.73 ERA into Friday's showdown with the Reds. August has been difficult for the righty, who is 0-1 with a 5.48 record in four starts this month. Lynn made it through just 4 1/3 innings against the Pirates in his most recent outing, his shortest of the year. He gave up three runs in the no-decision. "When you're out there, sometimes the emotions overtake you, and you can't let that happen," Lynn said. "I was able not to give up the big inning. But some of the emotions, I'm just trying to do all I can to help us beat the team that is ahead of us. I was fighting all day, and I need to make sure I don't let [the emotions] be seen as much." Reds: Latos hoping to beat Cards this time
After posting wins in three straight starts, Latos has picked up three consecutive no-decisions. That hasn't been the fault of the right-hander, whose ERA over his past six outings is 1.49. On the season, Latos is 10-3 with a 3.56 ERA. In his most recent appearance, the pitcher allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits over eight innings.
"I was spotty here and there," Latos said. "I didn't have control of the fastball. I didn't have very good command of the slider or the curveball. I got by with what I had today. I think a lot of it had to do with [catcher Ryan] Hanigan behind the dish with what he was calling at the right times. I didn't have my best stuff but he was good behind the dish. He knew what was going on."In two starts against St. Louis this season, Latos is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA. Back in April, the Cardinals tagged him for eight runs in 5 2/3 innings, but Latos limited them to two runs in five innings last month.
Reds manager Dusty Baker rested Scott Rolen and Brandon Phillips in Thursday's series finale against Philadelphia. Phillips appeared in the bottom of the 11th inning, though, replacing Wilson Valdez at second base. Both Rolen and Phillips are expected to start all three games against St. Louis.Worth noting
Cincinnati has outscored the Cardinals, 36-26, in nine games this season. The Reds took the season series last year, 9-6.