Cards look to Reyes to avoid sweep

Cards look to Reyes to avoid sweep

The Cardinals will try to stave off a sweep on Wednesday night when they send rookie right-hander Anthony Reyes to the mound against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

It will be the fourth career start for Reyes, who is enjoying an outstanding season at two levels of pro ball this year. At Triple-A Memphis, he's gone 4-1 with a 3.04 ERA, with 65 strikeouts and eight walks in 71 innings. In two big league starts, he's 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA, eight strikeouts and two free passes in 12 innings.

Still, even for an impressive young pitcher like Reyes, there's a difference between pitching in the Minors, or even pitching against the Royals, and facing the World Series champion White Sox. The Cardinals are confident he's up to the challenge.

Reyes' mound opponent will be Freddy Garcia. The Venezuelan right-hander beat the Reds his last time out to snap a skid that saw his ERA climb by more than a full run.

Pitching matchup
STL: RHP Anthony Reyes (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
The rookie has shown the Cardinals a great deal in three career one-start auditions. This time around, he may get a longer look. Reyes, 24, throws a fastball with good life, a curveball and a changeup. He's considered the organization's top prospect and is a likely candidate for the 2007 rotation -- but his time may be now.

CWS: RHP Freddy Garcia (8-4, 5.08)
Garcia has proven to be one of the most dominant pitchers in Interleague competition, improving his career record to 17-6 with his victory over Cincinnati last Saturday at the Great American Ball Park. The big right-hander gave up Rich Aurilia's first-inning home run, but allowed only two hits over the next seven innings in cruising to his first victory in five starts. Garcia has faced 26 teams during the course of his career, but this will be his debut against the Cardinals.

Player to watch
There's no Cardinal-killer like Jim Thome. The slugger went deep again on Wednesday night, giving him a staggering 17 home runs in 28 career games against St. Louis.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN Midwest

On radio
• KTRS AM-550

Up next
• Friday: Cardinals (Chris Carpenter, 6-3, 2.46) at Tigers (Justin Verlander, 8-4, 3.21), 6:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 6-4, 5.07) at Tigers (Kenny Rogers, 10-3, 3.17), 6:05 p.m. CT
• Sunday: Cardinals (Mark Mulder, 6-5, 6.09) at Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman, 7-4, 3.82), 12:05 p.m. CT

Matthew Leach is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.