Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals meet for game two and of their series and first place in the National League Central. The Reds are -120 favorites over the Cardinals with the over/under run total set at 8.5 runs.
The Cincinnati Reds showed once again on Friday that you can never count them out until the final out is recorded as they came back to get the win and move within a half game of first in the NL Central. Scott Rolen had three hits and Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Fred Lewis each had two hits to pace the offense. Bronson Arroyo allowed six hits and three earned runs to not factor in the decision while Francisco Cordero got the win after pitching the 10th inning. For Saturday’s game Cincinnati starts Johnny Cueto who is making his second start of the year. In his first outing Cueto allowed five hits and struck out four in six scoreless innings.
The St. Louis Cardinals had a nice lead on the Reds in Friday’s game but they let them off the hook and took the loss. Matt Holliday had three hits while Colby Rasmus, Albert Pujols, and Daniel Descalso all had two hits but the Cardinals let their four run lead evaporate before losing it in extra innings. Kyle Lohse allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out four in six innings of work before Eduardo Sanchez blew the save and Jason Motte took the loss in the 10th inning. For Saturday’s game St. Louis starts Kyle McClellan who has been outstanding this year. For the season McClellan has allowed 44 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 22 in 43.2 innings of work.
Cincinnati is 7-1 in their last eight games against a right handed starter, 7-2 in their last nine games overall, and 1-6 in Cueto’s last seven starts. St. Louis is 6-3 in their last nine road games, 5-3 in their last eight overall, and 6-0 in McClellan’s last six starts. St. Louis is 7-4 in their last 11 games in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is starting to look like a team thinking they can win it all and they are talented enough to give it a run. While the Cardinals will definitely have a say in how the season shakes out, it’s tough to go against the Reds here. Take the Reds minus 120 here.
Cincinnati Reds -120 St. Louis Cardinals