On Friday, the 13th, this day was particularly bad for the St. Louis Cardinals.
According to manager Mike Matheny, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak and two players claimed the clubhouse was not as contentious and disconnected as mid-week stories it seemed to be, St. Louis suffered his fifth home defeat in a row with a 9-1 Pumping in the hands of the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals, who remained 6 1/2 games behind Milwaukee's first-ever spot in the Central League, will try on Saturday when they re-host Cincinnati at the Bush Stadium.
Their clubhouse has not been buzzing bars from Kumbaya lately, according to a story in The Athletic that paved the way for veteran Bud Norris this season for mentor rookie reliever Jordan Hicks, reporting that Norris "mercilessly rode". the 21-year-old Hicks.
"The fact that I have to talk about culture here means that it has become an issue we need to address," said Mozeliak to MLB.com. "I do not want to be defensive or try to defend anything we try to do because it's a long way from saying that we're in a perfect situation, but I still think we're a much sought after place "
The performance of St. Louis in the series launch was not desirable. It fell back before the top of the first innings ended, it never seemed able to compensate for an increasing deficit and a sold-out crowd fled after the exits after a five-part seventh inning ended the contest phase. "We come out and play every day as if it's the last day you're going to play," Matheny said, "but you'll have games that are not going the way you want them … There was enough today Negatives that we could not work out. "
The Cardinals (47-45) have lost 14 of their last 23 home games. That includes serial losses to some of the worst teams in baseball, such as Kansas City, Miami and San Diego.
St. Louis will turn to rookie right-handed Jack Flaherty (3-4, 3.34) on Saturday to cool off the swelling Reds (42-52), who have won 20 of their last 29 games. Flaherty has followed a 13-strikeout trip against Milwaukee on June 22 with three shaky starts, allowing 11 runs in 12 1/3 innings during that span.
Flaherty only took 2 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision in San Francisco, with four goals and three runs in his team's 13-8 loss. He faced Cincinnati twice last September, going 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.
Luis Castillo (5-8, 5:58) takes the ball for the Reds, fresh off a short Sunday Sunday at the Chicago Cubs, where he netted four innings and gave three runs in Cincinnati 6-5, 10 inning. Castillo is 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals.
The Reds do not just roll in the field, but also away from it. The second Baseman Scooter Gennett, which is the subject of trade rumors, is closer to a contract renewal closer than a competitor to be delivered, it said in a report on Friday.
"I feel like only after what I've been told, they want me here in the long run," said Gennett MLB.com.