Free MLB Pick: Reds vs Cardinals Odds
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Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 2:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Brandon Finnegan vs. Adam Wainright
MLB Moneyline Odds: Off
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: Off
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The Reds have been a pleasant surprise in the NL Central. Everybody’s pick for last place is holding their own through the first couple of weeks.
Things are pretty bunchy behind the division leading Cubs and this series may help one of these teams to create a little separation from the other.
It is all early days stuff but the Reds might be a little better than expected while St. Louis may be in for a down year as compared to the recent past.
The Reds are a team in transition. At the same time they are a team that has a number of proven veteran bats so we should not be too surprised when they bring the lumber.
So this season it is shortstop Eugenio Suarez that has been the big bopper with four home runs, hopefully validating what the Reds saw in him last season.
Joey Votto has yet to find his stroke this season and Billy Hamilton has been a disaster, proving it is still tough to steal first base.
When the Reds dealt Johnny Cueto last summer key to their haul was lefty Brandon Finnegan.
His numbers with Cincy last summer were nothing special but through a couple of starts this year he has proven to be very effective.
He has yet to record a decision but he has made two effective starts for Reds and has proven he can dominate lesser lineups like the Phillies. Dude can also hit, he is 2 for 5 this season.
St. Louis Cardinals
I imagine that St. Louis might be somewhat relishing their current role as an underdog. 2016 has gotten off to an OK start for this club which is as used to winning as any in the Majors.
I did not have high hopes for their lineup but heading into Friday’s action they were second in the league in runs, fueled by the likes of Jeremy Hazelbaker. Is the rookie outfielder the next great product of the STL farm system or just a flash in the pan?
Last year the Cards had a great season despite losing Adam Wainwright very early on.
They are thrilled to have their rotation leader back but so far the results have not been great – especially the fact that he is walking more batters than he is striking out.
The numbers tell us that he is generally as good in April as he is all season long so we will have to watch to see whether there is something to be concerned about here or not.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-3 in CIN last 10 Sat. games.
- CIN are 18-40 in their last 58 overall.
- CIN are 18-40 in their last 58 games on grass.
- STL are 83-35 in their last 118 home games.
- STL are 25-9 in Wainwrights last 34 Sat. starts.
- Over is 9-4 in Wainwrights last 13 Sat. starts.
Free Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
The Cards look like a good value in this one. Wainwright has not been super sharp and the Reds have been better than expected thus far. Taking the Cardinals at home is far from a shocking play on a Saturday afternoon in spring time.
It is early in the year so it is OK to go with the things you know best at this stage.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: St. Louis
The Cards are probably -130 or something in this one. That is not to high a premium to pay for a team that is as consistent as this group. Additionally, a fade of the Reds seems like a solid strategy.
Ultimately they will sink to the bottom of the NL Central. They just don’t have the horses to compete throughout the season.
MLB Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 5 – Cincinnati 4
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