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2021 MLB Handicapping
(25-29) Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals (31-26)
Date: Saturday, June 5th, 2021
Time: 2:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Tyler Mahle (CIN) vs. Undecided (STL)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Reds +115 | Cardinals -125
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Reds -1.5 (+140)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
The Cincinnati Reds will travel to meet with their division foe the St. Louis Cardinals for a 4 game series from Busch Stadium.
Cincinnati will be hoping to get back on track after being blown out in a 17-3 final against Philadelphia on Tuesday prior to having Wednesday’s tilt postponed due to rain.
St. Louis also enters this series in an embarrassing fashion after being beat down by the Dodgers 14-3 on Wednesday night in LA and losing 2 of 3 games in that series.
The Cardinals are 2nd in the NL Central at 31-25, 1.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs. The Reds have had an up and down season and find themselves currently 7 games back of the Cubs at 24-29, good for 4th in the Central.
Cincinnati has flipped the teams strength from last season to this one. It was unable to ever get the offense going last year, despite having one of the top pitching staffs in baseball. This year has been the opposite, its pitching has been unable to match the offensive production.
LF Jesse Winker and RF Nick Castellanos have formed a dangerous 1-2 punch at the top of the Reds lineup and continue to account for the majority of the team’s production. The duo currently holds the top 2 highest batting averages in the league at .364 for Castellanos and .348 for Winker.
Castellanos also has the 2nd most hits in the league with 69, Winker follows on the team with 62 hits before a large drop-off to 40 hits until the next player. Winker leads the Reds with 14 HR’s to go along with 31 RBI’s while Castellanos has 12 HR’s and 31 RBI’s plus a team high .421 OBP.
Right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo will start for the Reds. He has had a terrible season after entering with such lofty expectations after a tremendous 2020 campaign. Castillo has notched only 1 victory all season, it came against the Pirates on April 7. Castillo is 1-8 with a 7.22 ERA overall.
The Reds rank 6th in the MLB offensively with a team batting average of .247.
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis has been playing fairly well over the last week or so. The Cardinals went on a four-game winning streak that included three wins at Arizona over the weekend. They then dropped 2 of 3 games against the Dodgers including a tough 14-3 loss on Wednesday to wrap up that series.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was the team’s big offseason acquisition, has produced 11 HR’s and a team high 36 RBI’s on 59 hits.
The Cardinals rank 18th in the MLB with a team batting average of .231.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Reds are 25-29 overall
- Reds are 13-15 on the road
- Reds are 0-7 in Castillo’s last 7 road starts
- Cardinals are 31-26 overall
- Cardinals are 15-11 at home
Free Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
Castillo has been consistently bad throughout the season and has now lost his last 7 road starts. That stat would make anyone weary of laying their trust in him for this Friday night matchup.
St. Louis has a good enough lineup to take advantage and it will certainly be motivated to grab an important divisional win.
Take the Cardinals to bounce back and grab a win in this spot.
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