Free MLB Pick: Cardinals vs Reds Odds
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(56-50) St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (43-62)
Date: Thursday August 4 2016
Time: 12:35 PM ET
Venue: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio
Projected Pitchers: Mike Leake vs Brandon Finnegan
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals -148
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 9
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This NL matchup includes two teams that have been trailing the Cubs for this whole season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been pushing to make a run but haven’t seemed to been able, they currently stand 9 games back.
The Cincinnati Reds have recently moved their best hitter; they currently stand 21.5 games behind the Cubs.
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals have been up and down for most of this season, they are led in hitting by the shortstop Alemys Diaz. Diaz is hitting .312 on the season with 25 doubles and has knocked in 57 runs this season.
Matt Carpenter is hitting .298 with 34 extra base hits and has knocked in 53 runs this season. Matt Holiday is providing all the power for the Cards.
Holiday is hitting .236 on the season but has a team high 18 home runs and a team high 59 runs. The Cardinals look to make a move at a wild card spot here in August.
The Cardinals have Mike Leake on the bump against the Reds. Leake is 8-8 on the season with a 4.50 E.R.A. and has 94 strikeouts on the season.
Leake picked up a big victory in his last start against the Miami Marlins. He pitched in 5 innings of work where he gave up 6 earned runs on 7 hits.
Leake also struck out 3 and didn’t post a base on balls on the game. He looks to have a better outing where he picks up another win Thursday.
The Cincinnati Reds lineup took a big hit once they moved on with Jay Bruce. They are now led by first baseman Joey Votto.
Votto is hitting .293 on the season with 18 dingers and 53 RBIs. Zack Cozart missed most of last season with an injury, but he has come back strong this season.
Cozart is hitting .266 on the year with 40 extra base hits and 41 RBIs. Adam Duvall leads the team in home runs with 26, and now leads the team with 71 RBIs now that Bruce is gone.
The Reds look to go into the weekend with a big win at home.
The Reds have Brandon Finnegan on the mound Thursday. He is currently 6-8 on the season with a 4.68 E.R.A. and 86 strikeouts.
Finnegan last picked up a big time win in his last start against the San Diego Padres. He threw in 6 shutout innings where he only gave up 4 hits.
He also walked 3 and struck out 5 batters in the win. He looks to continue this little streak of success he has rolling.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- STL are 22-8 in their last 30 Thu. games.
- Over is 12-5-1 in Leakes last 18 starts on grass.
- Over is 12-5-1 in Leakes last 18 starts overall.
- Over is 19-6-1 in CIN last 26 Thu. games.
- CIN are 2-7 in Finnegans last 9 home starts.
- Over is 6-2-1 in Finnegans last 9 home starts.
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
- STL are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
Free St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Prediction:
This one is two teams that are not in a good stance to make the postseason this year. I’m taking the Reds in this one at home on Thursday.
I look for Finnegan to piggyback on his last start and continue to pitch well. I look at these lineups and say that the Reds lineup is better than the Cards.
I look for the Cincinnati lineup to knock Leake around enough in order to pick up the victory at home.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Reds ML
Reds take the win in this one, but it should be close.
MLB Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 3 Cincinnati 5
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